This actually doesn't shock me about these A's. Their pitching is as solid as anyone's. I said a few months ago that this team just needs to hit. They're still not knocking the cover off the ball, but that pitching is keeping them in games even against teams like Texas and the NYY.
While I'm not shocked, I really didn't think Oakland would make this much noise of course. Not this year.
Idk about that. You really thought guys like Parker, Milone, McCarthy, and Fat Bartolo would pitch as well as they have? I know the ballpark helps some but it's not like they are in a division with terrible hitting. They aren't even playing 'Moneyball' Billy Beane style either. I expected them to be .500 at best (which they might be, but they're playing to about their level according to Pythagorean W-L) not near the top of the WC hunt in late July.