We are nearing the end of the regular baseball season but, hopefully, have plenty of Athletics baseball to look forward to. With 32 games remaining in the season, let’s take a look at a few miscellaneous stats and milestones that we may hit this season.
Attendance at the O.co is constantly being talked about in the media but it has been on the rise for the past few years and may hit a huge milestone, 2,000,000 guests, this year for the first time since 2005 (it hit 2,109,118 that year). With 15 home games remaining and current attendance at 1,623,286, the A’s need to average 25,114 per game to reach the 2,000,000 mark.
The average attendance for August was 24,549 which falls short of the goal but when you factor two guaranteed sellouts (fireworks and a Labor Day jersey giveaway) that brings the needed average down 23,429 which is below the average of August. You can also assume some 30,000+ games when you consider that there are three games against Seattle, three against the Angels and some smaller giveaways (beer stein and team photo) within that final stretch. If those games can draw in a crowd of 28,000-30,000, a Tuesday night game can draw 20,000 and not affect our chances at two-mil.
The A’s have enjoyed 14 consecutive winning months, a feat reached by very few ball clubs, and could possibly reach 15 at the end of August. Despite having a pretty rough month, if the Athletics can finish the season 4-2, they will have their 15th consecutive winning month. This seems like a tall order considering the recent offensive woes but a sweep in Houston means they only need to take half of their games against Anaheim and if a sweep against Houston seems wildly impossible to you, a simple win of each series will also get the job done.
It may be difficult but it could be done.
100 Win Season
After a disappointing August a 100 win season seems pretty far out of reach and, admittedly, I don’t think it will happen but i won’t say that it can’t happen. There are 32 games remaining in the season and the Athletics need 23 victories to hit the 100 mark which means they need to win about 72% of their remaining games in order to finish at 100 wins.
This will be tough but it can be done. In fact, it almost happened between May 25 and June 30 when they went 21-12 facing the Angels, Tigers, Orioles, and Yankees. These final 32 has the A’s facing Astros, Rangers, White Sox, Phillies, Mariners and Angels. Based on the stats from the rest of the season, here’s how the A’s should fare down the stretch.
Phillies: 3 Wins
Astros: 3 Wins
Rangers: 5 Wins
White Sox: 3 Wins
Mariners: 2 Wins
Angels: 4 Wins
If the A’s can maintain their season stats against these teams, that will bring them 3 wins shy of 100. At the risk of beating a dead horse, it is not out of the realm of possibility to sweep Houston, Texas or Chicago who may not have a lot of fight left in them in these final weeks. While it’s probably unlikely, it is entirely possible for the Athletics to have their first 100 win season since 2002 this year.
Leave a vote on whether you think the Athletics will hit the 100 mark.
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