Final series key for A's playoff positioning

Final series key for A's playoff positioning
September 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The A's have a magic number of two to clinch the No. 2 seed in the American League. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SEATTLE – The resignation of Mariners manager Eric Wedge adds a twist to the A’s regular season-ending series in Seattle this weekend.

However, it does nothing to change the dynamic of the series in the eyes of Oakland manager Bob Melvin. It was announced Friday that Wedge is stepping down, but he will manage the Mariners through their final three games.

"It's got to the point where it's painfully obvious to me that I just wasn't going to be able to move forward with this organization," Wedge told the Associated Press. "We see things differently and we talked about it but it just got to the point where I couldn't continue to move forward."

Melvin also gave his take on the resignation.

“I’ve gotten to know him probably better than some of the managers in the league because we traveled to Japan with them (to open the 2012 season),” Melvin said before Friday’s game. “If that’s his decision, that’s his decision. I wish him the best wherever he winds up. I think they’re gonna play as hard as they ever have for him.”

That remains to be seen for a club that is 70-89 and 24 games out of first place. What’s certain is how much these games mean for the A’s in terms of playoff positioning. They have a magic number of two to clinch the No. 2 seed in the American League and home-field advantage for the Divisional Series.

If Detroit loses at Miami and the A’s win on Friday, the A’s have a  guarantee of hosting at least the ALDS. They trail Boston by two games for the AL’s top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the A’s and Red Sox finish with identical records, Oakland holds all tiebreaker advantages.