(OAKLAND) -- The Boston Red Sox may be the defending World Series champions, but they don't fare so well in the O.co Coliseum, a place some arrogant bandwagon from the East Coast once dubbed "Fenway West" for all the support the BoSox once perceived in this stadium.
Of course, that support only showed up about a decade ago when the Red Sox finally won their first World Series since 1918, because it was nowhere to be found during the 1988 and 1990 American League Championship Series here. Ask Roger Clemens: he'll tell you how friendly the Coliseum was for the Red Sox in the playoffs back then.
Whatever the case may be, there's no doubt now that the Oakland Athletics own the Boston Red Sox at the Coliseum: the A's have won nine of the last 10 games between the two teams here, including last night's 4-2 win, and overall, Oakland has beaten Boston 14 of the last 17 times they've played at the O.co over the past few seasons.
So much for "Fenway West".
The A's, of course, have the best record in the majors right now (45-28), while the Red Sox currently are floundering in fourth place (34-39). Oakland has a six-game lead in the AL West, while Boston trails the Toronto Blue Jays by 6.5 games in the AL East.
Three more games this weekend give the A's a chance to continue their home dominance over the Red Sox, and tonight, Oakland sends another new reclamation project to the mound: 29-year-old lefty Brad Mills, he of the 1.56 ERA with Triple-A Nashville this season.
That number was the lowest mark in the Pacific Coast League this season, while it was second best in the all the minor leagues. The A's acquired Mills this week to replace Drew Pomeranz in the rotation -- Pomeranz himself being a reclamation project acquired in the offseason, one that ended up replacing A.J. Griffin in the starting rotation.
This is how the Oakland organization just keeps rolling along: they don't have the financial resources Boston does, of course, but somehow, the A's manage to stay competitive with -- and even dominant over -- the big boys on the block. Last night, it was Scott Kazmir ($9M this year) over Jake Peavy ($16M this season), for example, and it's not even a good example since Oakland decided to spend some money on Kazmir this year, and it's paying off to the tune of a 9-2 record and a 2.08 ERA.
(Peavy is 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA now after last night's loss.)
The Red Sox are spending $163M this year on their team, while the A's are spending just $83M. This is nothing new for Oakland, of course, but it's a constant reminder that money doesn't always buy you love.
Especially at the O.co.