The American League West champion Athletics finished the 2006 season with a 92-69 record, the fifth-best record in the Majors. The A's have been in first place in their division since July 29.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Twins
Oakland had three series against Minnesota and went 4-6 against the AL Central champs, including 1-5 at the Metrodome. The A's one win in Minnesota was Dan Haren's brilliant eight innings of shutout ball that ended a five-game losing streak at the Metrodome. There was also a pitching duel between the two teams on June 2, when Johan Santana bested Kirk Saarloos in a 2-1 Oakland loss. The Twins hit .272 against the A's.
Record vs. playoff teams
The A's went 14-14 against this year's AL postseason teams. Oakland's only winning record against an AL playoff-bound club was 6-3 against the Yankees. The A's swept the National League Wild Card-winning Dodgers in a three-game series, and went 1-2 against the NL West champion Padres during Interleague Play. Oakland was one of the few AL teams with a sub-.500 record against the NL, going 8-10 vs. the National League West.
The 2006 A's had four different offensive players on the disabled list in the regular season, and another three that missed time due to injury. The offensive statistics reflected those problems, as the A's ranked second to last in the AL with a .259 average. But after the All-Star break, the A's hit .277 -- tied for sixth in the Majors. The A's ranked last with 261 doubles and 16th in runs scored in the Majors.
MLB hitting stats
While most players didn't start hitting well until the second half, the A's did have an outstanding all-around performance from Frank Thomas. The "Big Hurt" put his name in the MVP hat with 39 homers, 114 RBIs and a .270 average. Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez slumped most of the second half, but carried the team through April and May with a combined 28 homers and 81 RBIs.
A's hitting stats
The A's stayed afloat in the first half in large part to a pitching staff that ranked fifth in the Majors with a 4.20 first-half ERA. The staff finished the season ranked seventh with a 4.21 ERA. The A's tied the Mets for the most wins in one-run games with 31.
MLB pitching stats
Oakland's starting rotation suffered injuries to Esteban Loaiza and Rich Harden in the first half. Loaiza returned in June and earned AL Pitcher of the Month in August. Harden returned for three starts in September. The A's staff declined in September with a 4.92 ERA after posting a Major League-best 3.25 ERA in August.
A's pitching stats
Zito was the most consistent starter, but he did have his share of bad starts, going 16-10 with a 3.83 ERA. Loaiza was the best starter in the second half, posting an 8-3 record with a 3.90 ERA. Zito, Haren, Joe Blanton and Loaiza all earned at least eight wins after the All-Star break.
Oakland led the Majors with 53 saves, but it also suffered 19 blown saves on the season. Closer Huston Street tied for third in the AL with 36 saves, but was second in blown saves with 11. The bullpen was ranked third in the AL with a 3.51 ERA.
The A's tied for third place in fielding with a .986 percentage, while tying for third with 84 errors.
MLB fielding stats
Second baseman Mark Ellis ranked first at his position with a .997 fielding percentage, making just two errors on the year. Chavez was tied for the highest fielding percentage (.987) among Major League third basemen.
A's fielding stats
Milton Bradley (4 G, .273, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Kiko Calero (8 G, 9 1/3 IP, 0-0, 4.80 ERA)
Eric Chavez (20 G, .224, 1 HR, 9 RBIs)
Mark Ellis (10 G, .250, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
Rich Harden (2 G, 1 1/3 IP, 1-1, 13.33 ERA)
Dan Haren (5 G, 8 1/3 IP, 2.17 ERA)
Bobby Kielty (7 G, .000, 1 RBI)
Esteban Loaiza (4 G, 15 1/3 IP, 0-2, 2.35 ERA)
Adam Melhuse (2 G, .600, 1 RBI)
Jay Payton (13 G, .228, 2 HR, 8 RBIs)
Frank Thomas (9 G, .231, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)
Jay Witasick (8 G, 8 2/3 IP, 0-1, 16.48 ERA)
Barry Zito (5 G, 32 2/3 IP, 3-2, 2.76 ERA)
2006 stats vs. Twins
Oakland batted .243 against Minnesota, with Chavez hitting .294 with three homers and nine RBIs. Thomas had three homers and five RBIs, while Jason Kendall went 10-for-32 (.313) against the Twins.
The A's ERA vs. Minnesota was 4.02 in 10 games. Zito held the Twins scoreless for seven innings in his lone start against them this season. Haren went 1-1 with 3.15 ERA against Minnesota.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Johan Santana
Hiram Bocachica: 1-for-3 (.333) 1 HR, 1 RBI
Milton Bradley: 2-for-2 (1.000) 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Eric Chavez: 5-for-29 (.172) 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Bobby Crosby: 1-for-13 (.077) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Mark Ellis: 0-for-8 (.000) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
D'Angelo Jimenez: 1-for-3 (.333) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Dan Johnson: 2-for-6 (.333) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Jason Kendall: 0-for-10 (.000) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Bobby Kielty: 3-for-14 (.214) 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Mark Kotsay: 1-for-7 (.143) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Jay Payton: 0-for-11 (.000) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Marco Scutaro: 2-for-9 (.222) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Nick Swisher: 2-for-9 (.222) 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Frank Thomas: 6-for-16 (.375) 2 HR, 4 RBIs
Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.