Don’t look now, but the Oakland Athletics are up to their old tricks.

Perhaps a bit lost in the lights of the Dodgers winning 17 out of 18 games, the A’s have quietly gone 12-2 in August, and 15-2 if you go back three games into July.

Over the past six seasons, the A’s have a ridiculous record in August of 115-41. Here’s how it breaks down season by season:

2006 – 12-2

2005 – 17-11

2004 – 20-8

2003 – 20-9

2002 – 24-4

2001 – 22-7

A’s GM Billy Beane is fond of saying that the first two months of the season are for figuring out what you need, the second two months are for getting what you need, and the last two months are for having what you need and making a run at the playoffs.

Looks like the A’s have what they need. Once again.

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