Down by 12 games to Houston on June 18, the A’s have a chance to catch the Astros exactly two months later.
Yes, if Oakland prevails Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum against the defending World Series champions, it will forge a tie atop the AL West.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. The Astros are unbeaten in six games in Oakland this season and, as A’s manager Bob Melvin noted in his pregame news conference, the Astros’ season run margin is plus-202; they’ve scored 595 runs and allowed 393.
“It’s a fantastic team, so we have to play well to beat them,” Melvin said. “They’ve played well here this year as well.