In the first part of the season the Oakland Athletics struggled to score. The only glimmer of hope came from the bat of Josh Reddick who entrenched himself in the no.3 spot in the lineup. Yet, as the season has progressed the offense he provided has steadily declined to the point where manager Bob Melvin should move him down in the order without any hesitation.
Even though he leads the team in home runs with 25 and rbi with 60, he has not hit well with runners in scoring position and coming into tonight’s game he was batting .170 and if there’s a runner on first base he hits a bit better at .184 and those numbers speak for themselves.
Taking over the third spot in the lineup will be Yoenis Cespedes who has not struggled as he’s hitting .355 and if there’s only a runner on first base he’s hit .294 in those situations. Chris Carter who now ranks fifth in American League rookies in home runs, has shown much better plate discipline and is more of a prototypical cleanup hitter will take over the cleanup role and in the fifth spot Reddick.
Today Brandon Inge got placed on the 15-day disabled list and he was one of their best hitters when it came to driving in runs, which is why a change in the lineup to get Reddick’s bat going is a necessity. What adds to the pressure is that Cliff Pennington and Jemile Weeks have been awful offensively all season long and Josh Donaldson who just called up for the third time has not done well offensively either.
With Inge out and Reddick’s struggle with driving in runs with men on base, it is time for the change to the no.5 spot in the lineup.