(OAKLAND) -- Over the last 19 games between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox at the O.co Coliseum, the hometown fans have seen their team win 16 times, and today, the A's can make it 17 of 20 if they can emerge victorious again.
The Red Sox may be the defending World Series champions, but they're not playing like it right now, buried in the American League East standings with a 34-41 record. Meanwhile, Oakland is thriving like they have for some time now, with the best record in the AL at 47-28.
The A's won here Thursday and Friday nights, before beating Boston again yesterday, 2-1, in ten innings. Both Friday and Saturday, Oakland scored the go-ahead run in their last inning at the plate, with Coco Crisp doing the honors both times with RBI singles for the A's.
Oakland perhaps was fortunate to win the last two games: on Friday night, they scored early on a Josh Donaldson home run to take a 3-0 lead, but the Red Sox tied it by the fourth inning. On Saturday, the A's let the Red Sox tie the game in 8th inning on a wild pitch, even though the umpires blew a call right before that moment to give Boston the chance to score.
(The Bob Melvin-led squad is resilient, however, so they never really panic when they lose a lead, do they?)
Either way, the A's ended up winning both one-run games, pushing their record in 2014 for those contests decided by one run to 11-9 on the year. So it's not like Oakland has been extremely lucky in those kinds of games this year: the club has earned its place atop the MLB world honestly.
To that end, some fun facts for the season so far:
- Saturday's win was their fifth walk-off victory of the year;
- The A's have won five straight and seven of their last eight;
- Oakland is 7-2 on this home stand against the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers and Boston;
- The Green & Gold have an 8-4 record in extra-innings games in 2014.
All this adds up to having the best record in baseball, the best run-scoring differential in the majors (+136), the best ERA in baseball (2.97), the most runs scored in the majors (383), and the coolest new moniker in baseball for the heart of its lineup: Home Run DMC.
(Third baseman Donaldson, first basemann Brandon Moss and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes have combined for 49 home runs and 159 RBI this year so far.)
It's been 82 years since the A's swept a four-game home series against Boston, and when it happened, the team was in Philadelphia. Tommy Milone (5-3, 3.56 ERA) will face Jon Lester (8-7, 3.20 ERA) today at O.co in what should be a close matchup in front of a full house.
Plus, the first 20,000 fans through the gates today will get Coco Crisp Garden Gnomes, and wouldn't it be something if the A's center fielder came through again at the end of the game for the home team.