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I don't see how the A's would have the second best record in the league so far if that was typical of Melvin's managing style. I don't follow the A's that closely, but Chavez is a callup, right? I'd assume this was just a case of not wanting to burn out your good relievers in a game you're already losing against a team whose good relievers are rested and ready for the bottom of the ninth.
Seriously, though. There are 23 seven-game stretches over the course of a year (1-7, 8-14...). We're just about up to 21 of them at this point. The team that's been the most "relentless" (the most number of 4-3 seven game records in the AL so far this year is Oakland, with seven. Behind them you've got the O's, the Yanks, the M's, the A's, the Rangers and the Jays with six. Bringing up the rear: Cleveland, with just one
Particularly since that'd mean they'd played 182 games in that 162 game season.
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