Oakland A’s clinch playoff spot
The Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot by beating the Texas Rangers 4-3 Monday night and are back in the playoffs for the first time in six years.
“Absolutely amazing,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, according to the Associated Press. “We don’t get this done unless everybody believes in everybody and everybody plays unselfishly.”
The A’s improved to 92-68 and pulled within one game of the first-place Rangers with two games to play. Their victory eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention, noted the AP.
Also, with the Baltimore Orioles losing Monday night, the A’s moved into a tie with them for the American League’s top wild card spot. According to the Baltimore Sun, if the A’s and Orioles end the regular season as wild card teams with the same record, the A’s will host the Orioles in the AL wild card game.
But the A’s are still looking to take down the reigning division champions.
If the A’s sweep the series against the first-place Rangers, the A’s will capture the AL West division crown.
Melvin is a Manager of the Year candidate for helping the low-budget A’s win games despite injuries to many players and seemingly bringing in new players every day.