OAKLAND -- The A's opened the month of August with their series finale against the Rays on Wednesday, and while they were focused on taking the series, they were probably sad to see July go.
The team set a franchise record for July winning percentage (.792), finishing the month 19-5. It was a July full of walk-off wins, continued great pitching and affirmation of Oakland's status as a playoff contender.
As such, A's manager Bob Melvin hopes to keep that success going in the season's second-to-last month, though he realizes that it isn't realistic to fully replicate what was accomplished in July.
"We expect to do the same thing in August that we did in -- no," Melvin began jokingly. "July was the best [July] in franchise history. We're proud of the fact that we did that, and we can't just stop and say we're done. You have to move forward and continue to try to play well and ride the momentum of the month before."
It may be tough to do so, considering Oakland will take on such playoff hopefuls as the Blue Jays, Angels, White Sox and Rays. But if nothing else, July proved that the team is likely to be in contention the rest of the way.
And even after all of that success, Melvin isn't changing his approach or outlook.
"We don't look snapshot at a month," Melvin said. "Our kind of long-term vision is a series. We try to focus on today, each at-bat, each pitch, and try to keep those other distractions away."