For the second straight year, the Oakland Athletics have managed to take home AL West divisional honors and did so with a few unknown bats in the middle of their lineup. Most notably, Brandon Moss absolutely crushed the ball in his second year with the club as he has improved upon his impressive 2012 campaign with 30 home runs through 161 games this season.
Moss was released by the Philadelphia Phillies nearly two years ago, and after two All-Star caliber years with the Athletics the folks in Philadelphia can’t be happy about Moss being shown the door in October of 2011.
Even still, Oakland is primed for another postseason run as it looks to avenge last year’s early exit. One of the biggest differences in the 2013 Athletics is their depth; players like Moss really help in this category as he has played first base, third base, left field, right field center field and designated hitter all this season. Oakland’s lineup is extremely left-handed heavy — Moss included — which means the Athletics are oftentimes exposed by the game’s better southpaws.
As the MLB postseason begins, keep an eye on Moss, who has emerged as an exciting power hitter. Also, don’t be surprised if the Athletics’ magical season is kept alive by a big hit from Moss because he has a knack for stepping up when it matters most.