Still...are you freaking KIDDING me? Number 1? The A's don't have the best record in MLB. They don't have the best run differential or third-order record. They certainly don't have the most talented team: how many Oakland players are owned in your fantasy league?
What do they have? A great bullpen, a decent rotation, and a very mediocre offense that's hitting much better with runners in scoring position, obviously a
Nobody thought, going into the season, that the A's were a better team than Boston or Arizona. Why have they now surpassed those teams, despite their worse record? I imagine that the Colombian drug lords are very proud of whatever they've invented that caused ESPN to hallucinate like this.
Perhaps I should offer to sell my division futures to whoever compiled this list at a payoff of even money. That should be plenty good enough for such a prohibitive favorite.