Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has struggled offensively all season. However, his slump has appeared to get worse within the last seven games as he has been unable to contribute at a high level. With that being said, would it be wise for the Athletics to give Reddick a day off to collect his bearings?
Reddick is batting .113 (6-for-53) with one home run, eight RBI, one double, seven walks, five stolen bases, seven runs and 13 strikeouts in 15 games. However, those numbers drop off quite drastically as he has posted a .080 (2-for-25) batting average with three RBI and 10 strikeouts in his last seven games.
There is no question Reddick is frustrated with his performance on offense, which is now beginning to affect his job in the outfield. The 26-year-old recorded a fielding error when he dropped a fly ball in the first inning of Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The error allowed Ryan Roberts to score, the first of three runs in the first inning.
The obvious decision would be to sit Reddick for a game or two in order for him to get it together. Some players respond well to taking a day off while the slump continues for others once they return to the lineup. I personally believe that a day of rest could do Reddick some good, but Athletics manager Bob Melvin plans on taking a different approach.
“It’s human nature, when you haven’t done too well to start, that you try to do too much,” Melvin told Athletics.com. “He gets a little frustrated at times. There’s a frustration factor that kicks in when you hit the ball hard and have nothing to show for it. He’ll keep after it. It all comes back to getting some hits and getting on your way.”
For now, Oakland will allow Reddick to hit out of his own slump. It is not a bad choice considering Reddick has shown promise at the plate. However, if the slump continues then the Athletics are going to have a real issue on their hands.