How do you flip a division on its head? How do you turn baseball inside out? Be the 2018 Oakland Athletics. On Saturday afternoon, the A’s completed their ascendance from almost worst to tied for first. On June 18, the A’s were 12 games behind Houston and languishing in fourth place in the American League West, exactly where most of us expected them to be. On Aug. 18, they pulled into a tie for first place with the reigning World Series champions. With the 7-1 drubbing of the Astros on Saturday, the A’s won their 74th game of the season. The last time the A’s were in first place, not counting April? Aug. 25, 2014.