Real or not? A's can keep AL playoff chase interesting
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Be afraid, Seattle Mariners fans, be very afraid. The Oakland Athletics are sizzling hot, having won 17 of 21 after shutting out the Astros 2-0 on Monday, and they are only six games back for the second wild card.
That’s still a comfortable lead for the Mariners, and FanGraphs gives Seattle playoffs odds of 81.6 percent, compared to Oakland’s 14.6 percent, but given that the Mariners have the longest playoff drought in the majors and the A’s are playing with house money, all the pressure in the second half falls on the Mariners to not fall apart.
The win in Houston was impressive, as sometimes prospect Frankie Montas — he has been traded three times, coming to the A’s from the Dodgers in the Josh Reddick trade in 2016 — matched fastballs and zeroes with Gerrit Cole. Both threw six scoreless innings; Montas averaged 96.6 mph with his fastball, while Cole averaged 96.9. Stephen Piscotty then broke up the scoreless game with a home run off Brad Peacock.
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From there, the bullpen closed things out, as Lou