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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Will Wins in the PCL = Wins in the AL West? Let's Ask Oakland

As play begins today, the Oklahoma City RedHawks lead the PCL's American Conference South Division by one game.  The RedHawks are in the running to become the first Astros' AAA affiliate to win a divison title since Round Rock won the American Conference South in 2006. 

Since Round Rock's title in 2006, Sacramento has been by far the winningest team in the Pacific Coast League.  Sacramento has won five straight Pacific Conference South Division titles from 2007-2011(and are well on their way to another in 2012).  They have posted a .584 winning percentage in the regular season and advanced to four PCL Championship Series in that time frame, winning two.  Interestingly, Sacramento's manager in four of those five campaigns was current RedHawks' skipper, Tony DeFrancesco.

Unfortunately for the Oakland faithful however, all those AAA victories have not counted for much in Network Associates Stadium, where Sacramento's parent club, the A's play.  From the start of 2008 through last night's games, the A's have struggled to a .476 winning average(351 W, 386 L).  During this five-year span of AAA success, Oakland has never finished a season over .500. 

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