The Oakland Athletics rest uncomfortably in last place in the American League Western Division. They have a won-loss record of 45-58 and are a full thirteen games behind the division-leading Houston Astros.
This squad is facing an early winter vacation and the real chance that there will be extensive personnel changes before the 2016 season gets underway.
That is usually what happens when a team performs poorly. It makes changes. But the “new” Oakland Athletics won’t take the field until 2016.
Meanwhile, there are still fifty-nine games that need to be played in 2015. The Oakland Athletics Schedule includes games that matter against contending teams. It gives this squad a chance to remain relevant until the first week in October when the regular season finally ends.
Happily for this struggling club,t he Oakland Athletic Schedule shows that games will be played against all four of their divisional foes – the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Angels, he Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners – on the road and at home in Overstock.com Coliseum.
It gives this team from northern California the opportunity to derail or at least stall teams that appear to be playoff-bound. For example, they will visit the first place Houston Astros in Texas at Minute Maid Park and host the same team in Oakland at Overstock.com Coliseum.
The six games between the two squads mean a lot to the team from southern Texas. They are important to the Athletics, too. A few wins against the tough Astros can give meaning to Oakland’s season.
Wins against the second place Los Angeles Angels can instill some pride in the Athletics, as well. The Angels are nipping at the heels of the Houston Astros and can easily overtake that club if things go their way. A three game series at Overstock.com Coliseum in Oakland presents the Anaheim club with a “must-win” situation.
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And since the Oakland Athletics Schedule has them finishing the season at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 28 – September 30, a solid performance by the Athletics could send the Angels to an early and unwanted vacation.
It could happen. Oakland can beat any opponent, especially when playing at home in Overstock.com Coliseum. In fact, the Athletics can, with good play, exit the cellar in the Western Division by defeating fourth place Seattle. The Mariners are only one game in front of the last place Athletics. And both clubs will meet in their respective ballparks.
Clearly, and even though there will be no playoff appearance for this California squad, the Oakland Athletics Schedule provides games against opponents that matter – for the opponents and for the Athletics, as well.
It looks as if the final fifty nine games yet to be played by Oakland will keep their fans – and the players – interested and motivated until the final inning has been played.
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