Thanks to a current eight game skid, the Athletics find themselves in last place in the AL West. Tied with Seattle, the A’s sit 9.0 games back of the first-place Rangers, a team that can actually score runs. Oakland’s offense hurt the team during their horrid skid to end the month of May, but with guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Manny Ramirez looking like they’ll be joining the team relatively soon, can the A’s offense turn things around?
Oakland’s offense currently ranks 29th in runs (164), 30th in batting average (.210), 29th in on-base percentage (.288), and, wait for it, 30th in slugging percentage (.332). Those numbers are, well, terrible. Billy Beane has spent a considerable amount of time assembling a new core of young pitchers that he may forgotten to address some of the team’s needs on offense.
All joking aside, the A’s have a few talented hitters down in the minor leagues waiting for their chance to impress us all with their skills. But the key word in my previous sentence is waiting. Guys like Michael Choice, Grant Green, and even some of the guys who have had a taste of the big leagues like Michael Taylor and Chris Carter, are all waiting to help Oakland.
The A’s have one guy, however, who has been doing his part to help Oakland generate some runs: Josh Reddick. The A’s acquired Reddick in the trade that sent Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox. He leads the team in HR (14) and RBI (27) and has been an absolute steal for the A’s this season. Imagine what the team would look like without Reddick in the lineup? Pure torture.
Anyway, on to the question at hand. Will the A’s finally wake up once a few helping hands arrive and finally score some runs to help support a decent starting rotation? Voice your opinion by placing your votes in the poll below and feel free to sound off in the comments section!