I didn’t think the Oakland Athletics would be able to keep up what they did during the 2012 season.
I have been sorely mistaken so far as the Athletics were 16-12 at the end of April. It has been because of an offense that is averaging over five runs a game which has overcome a struggling pitching staff, and I am curious to see if Oakland can continue winning as this season goes on with these factors.
Oakland has survived injuries this season to Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp to keep the offense going. I am really surprised with how Jed Lowrie is doing. The newest addition in the offseason had a team-high 34 hits in April and is batting .333.
There are so many offensive pieces that are doing well that it is hard to ignore any single one player in the Athletics’ lineup. I can really see why Oakland is winning with the regularity that they are. The only thing that will slow this team down is if the pitching doesn’t turn things around.
The team’s starters have been awful, especially Jarrod Parker, who is 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA so far this year. He got his first win on Tuesday night, but isn’t looking anything like the pitcher we all saw last season.
Still, Oakland is going to win this division if things continue the way they have so far because the other teams really don’t scare me in the American League West. I will be interested to see if Oakland can continue their trend of scoring nine or 10 runs in a game which they have done eight times already this season. This is a very dangerous team going forward in the American League.