The Oakland Athletics were one of the hottest teams in the MLB out of the gate in the regular season. They started the year at 12-4 through their first 16 games and through April 17. Since that time, the Athletics are just 8-17 over their last 25 games and have looked like a team somewhere between bad and mediocre, particularly at the plate.
They looked to be maintaining some of their success through the month of April, despite a poor finish to the month. For April, the A’s had six players with an on-base percentage at .388 or above and three players with an OBP over .400. One of those players off to a hot start was Brandon Moss.
Through Moss’ 24 games in April, the 29-year-old seemed to be having a breakout season. For the month and in 88 plate appearances, he posted a .295 batting average, a .388 OBP and a .875 OPS while also adding four home runs, 17 runs and 19 RBIs over that time as well. However, that has changed in the month of May.
Moss has struggled severely over the 13 games that he’s played in May, as has the rest of the A’s offense. In 35 at-bats, Moss has hit two home runs, but that’s about the only positive thing that he’s done. He’s posting a batting average of just .171, a horrific .275 OBP, an OPS of just .646 and has driven in just three runs. Moreover, Moss has 15 strikeouts over that time.
Moss’ struggle over this month has been indicative of Oakland’s struggles lately. The A’s currently trail the Texas Rangers by six games in the American League West and need to turn things around. They need to get help from someone outside of Josh Donaldson, which may come when Coco Crisp gets off the DL. However, Oakland and Moss both need to get it going once again.