Revisiting The Key To The AL West
**ORIGINAL POSTED DATE 9/18/12**
What I surmised in that article (if you’d care to read it in its entirety you can do so here
http://shutdowninning.com/5/post/2012/6/the-key-to-the-al-west.html), was that a combination of interleague and intradivision wins was a much more important number than either considered separately.
Also in that article, I focused on the Rangers and the Angels. Although the Angels are far from eliminated from contention, the A’s are the immediate threat to Texas. For that reason, I’m going to re-examine the situation.
During that same time, Oakland had gone 10-8 against the National League and 25-22 against the AL West. That gives them a 35-30 record in the same types of games, for a .538 winning percentage in the games of my somewhat arbitrary choosing.
Interleague play is long gone, and Texas has nothing left but games against the AL West. Seven of those are head to heads against Oakland, including the final three game series of the season. Conveniently, Texas currently leads the A’s by three games.
Both the Rangers and Oakland are on the road for their next two series. While Oakland travels to Detroit and New York, Texas needs to make hay in Los Angeles and Seattle. After that, it’s all division play for both teams. It looks like thing will, indeed, come down to who takes care of business in the west.