As the late, great Yogi Berra once said, it's déjà vu all over again.
Through 94 games, the A's 2019 season has followed a very familiar pattern, almost perfectly mirroring last year. Both the 2018 and 2019 campaigns saw Oakland get off to a slow start, only to catch fire just prior to the All-Star break.
Of course, the A's still have plenty of work to do if they want to match last year's 97-win total, but to this point, there are a handful of stunning similarities between the two seasons.
Same exact record 28 different times
This year's A's squad has already had the same exact record as last year's team on 28 different occasions. From 1-2 to 31-31 to the club's current mark of 53-41, this season has followed last year to a T.
There have also been numerous occasions where the 2018 and 2019 records have been just a game or two apart. It's really quite eerie examining the two schedules side by side.
Within three games of last year's record the entire season
Perhaps even more amazing than matching last year's record 28 times already is the fact that Oakland has never been more than three games behind or ahead of last season's pace. Even when last year's A's fell to 5-10, this season's team was only two games better at 7-8. And when this year's A's plummeted to 19-25, they were only three games behind last season's 22-22 mark through 44 games.
Now 94 games into the season, the two records have never separated more than that margin.
Nearly identical season-lows
Last year, the A's got off to a sluggish 5-10 start. That ended up being the most games they would fall below .500 all season. This year's low mark was just slightly worse at six games under .500.
Oakland stumbled to a 15-21 start and then hit that number again at 19-25. Since then, the A's are 34-16.
On July 12 of last year, the A's beat the Astros to improve to 53-41, getting to 12 games over .500 for the first time all season.
A year later, Oakland completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox to push their record to 53-41, and it once again was the first time they have been 12 games over .500 this season.
On June 15, 2018, the A's lost to the Angels and fell to 34-36. From there, they would win 19 of their next 24 games to improve to 53-41. This season on June 16, Oakland lost to the Mariners and dropped to 36-36. They responded by winning 17 of their next 22 games to again improve to 53-41.
Will this season's script continue to follow last year's right into the postseason? Stay tuned.