Taking three in a row from the Red Sox at home followed by a series against the pitiful Giants, a pitching staff that surprisingly leads the pack in the American league while hovering a handful of games over .500 throughout the season after a 2-4 start. Hey it’s 2007 and it’s 2008. It’s déjà vu all over again. The Athletics must have only watched the first part of the last season’s highlight reel and said “let’s do that again” forgetting that they drove the season into a ditch by Flag Day and wound up sinking swiftly into the west. So how does Oakland elude the karma that so evidently wants to run a reprise on last season, and can one in fact escape the wheel of fate? Yes, you can! Karma can’t throw out what it can’t catch (or rather if it can, you’ll already be crossing home plate by the time it finds out).