SEATTLE -- Manager Ron Washington has always seen the A's as a team that can pose a threat in the AL West.
"It's not the same Oakland A's team of the last few years," Washington said. "They can beat you in many ways. They have some power, lots of speed, contact hitters and good pitching. They pitch really well and that keeps them in ballgames."
The stats back that up. ESPN Stats & Information prepared a brief set of numbers on the A's. Take a look. It might help you get prepared for tonight's game and the three-game series this weekend:
* Oakland as an AL-best 2.98 ERA after the break, three complete games (which were back-to-back-to-back) and no blown saves. BTW, in the first half of the season, OAK had just two complete games and eight blown saves.
* A’s starting pitchers are 16-8 with a 3.03 ERA (73 ER in 216.2 IP) over the last 33 games. Pitching overall has allowed two earned runs in 11 of last 20 games.
* Oakland has limited the number of home runs allowed. They’ve allowed just 10 since the break and opponents have had a multi-homer game just once in the last 20 games (that one game happened to be against the Rangers, July 29 they hit 2 HR vs OAK)
* As for the pitchers we'll see in this series: Lee is 4-2 (2.26 ERA, .202 BA) against the A’s. One of Rich Harden's top starts this season was in Oakland on May 3: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, season-high 9 K (only start this season in which he did not walk a batter).
* Trevor Cahill starts Sunday for Oakland and he’s 5-1 in his career against the Rangers (this season, 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three starts).