Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rampaging A's Challenge Sox For Best Record

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Don't look now, Red Sox fans, but the "best AL record" race is on. The Oakland A's won again last night and closed to within one game of Boston for best record honors. This has huge implications for the post-season. The owner of the best record will face the winner of the Wild Card play-in game (likely either Tampa, Cleveland or Texas), while the runner-up in the best record race gets the Tigers in the first round. While the Red Sox would—at this point—have home field advantage against the Tigers, they would lose it in an ALCS against a "best-record" Oakland club. Last night, two old Red Sox players powered the A's—as both Brandon Moss (2-run HR) and Jed Lowrie (3-run HR) went yard in a 10-5 win. Oh, and by the way, Coco Crisp was 2-4 and scored two runs, while Josh Reddick was 2-3 with an RBI and run scored. You know these Boston alums would love nothing more than to wrest the best record from their old team. Look out below!