Although they are still long-shots to make the playoffs, a winning start has boosted fans' spirits as the season unfolds.
Last season they began the season very similar to this year, by hovering around .500. Their downfall began after they were 27-27.
In the following 14 games they lost all but one, including 10 in a row at one point. The season was all but lost after that run.
This season they have a couple key pieces that might help them stay strong throughout the season.
Bartolo Colon is shaping up to be the A's ace this season.
Last year they were led by Gio Gonzalez, whose production dissipated after the All-Star break. He was the owner of a 2.47 ERA before the break and a 3.94 ERA after the break.