Since being in first place by themselves on May 31st, the A's went into an awful tailspin.
They went 6-16, going from 4 games over .500 and on top of the division... to 6 games under .500 and 10 1/2 games back.
That is an ugly turn of events... the kind that gets managers fired.
What could possibly turn things around?
A wonderful back to back series that would have been tough in 1979 but is "Win Column Padding" since the mid 1990s.
3 with the Pirates... 3 with the Orioles.
Now the A's have won 4 in a row and are 2 wins against the Orioles away from being back to .500.
It's nice to catch two once proud franchises in "Who the hell cares?" mode.
Get back in the race, A's... these are the "Gimmes!"