Analyzing Oakland Athletics’ Opening Day Lineup

Analyzing Oakland Athletics' Opening Day Lineup

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Coming off an impressive AL West division-title-winning season, the Oakland Athletics look to continue their success in the 2014 season. With a relatively young and inexperienced opening day lineup, they will have their fair share of obstacles along the way; however, the Athletic faithful will have plenty to cheer for if the lineup performs to its potential.

Coco Crisp

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Coco Crisp

Coco Crisp Athletics

Despite the fact that he is getting up there in age, Coco Crisp is coming off a season in which he set career highs in home runs (22) and runs scored (93). With that being said, he has been held without a home run in Spring Training through 46 at-bats. Expect a season in which Crisp drops back to his usual self in which he only hits 10 homers and posts a batting average around .260

Josh Donaldson

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Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson Athletics

Josh Donaldson looks to continue the success he had last season. Having posted a batting average over .300 with 24 home runs in 579 at-bats, Donaldson is obviously a talented player coming into his prime. While he has seen a decrease in his average this March, Donaldson hammered three home runs in 51 at-bats. If he keeps up that home-run-to-at-bat rate in the regular season, he is going to easily hit over 30 home runs. Expect a successful season.

Jed Lowrie

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Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie Athletics

Starting the season at shortstop, Jed Lowrie will finally have a second season in which he knows which position he will be relied upon to play. This fares well for Lowrie as he has posted a fielding percentage of around .975 percent at SS in his career. Expect a strong season from Lowrie where he will be a key part of the Athletics’ defense as well as hitting around .280 BA, .340 OBP, 12 HR, 85 runs and 80 RBIs.

Brandon Moss

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Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss Athletics

Brandon Moss hammered a career-high 30 home runs in 2013. He seems to have brought that power to Spring Training as he has four homers in 44 at-bats. At that rate, Moss could very well hit over 30 home runs this season. In addition to bringing the power into this season, Moss is also hitting for an impressive average of .364 this spring. Expect a very solid season out of Moss as he sets his eyes toward the 40-home-run mark.

Yoenis Cespedes

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Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes Athletics

Coming into his third season with the Athletics, Yoenis Cespedes looks to regain his 2012 form as he experienced a noticeable decline at the plate last season. This will be quite the challenge for Cespedes as he has hit for a less-than-impressive .167 average in Spring Training. If Cespedes continues his downward trend at the plate, expect the Athletics to look for a replacement in left field.

Josh Reddick

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Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick Athletics

Having hit for an average of .226 last season, Reddick saw his average drop to the lowest it has been since 2011. On top of that, Reddick hit 20 fewer home runs last season than he did in 2012. March has been kind to Reddick, however, as he posted an impressive .333 batting average and three home runs through 54 at-bats. Expect a rebuilding season out of Reddick as he looks to become the batter he knows he has the potential to be.

Derek Norris

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Derek Norris

Derek Norris Athletics

In what looks to be his first full big-league season, Derek Norris looks to continue his upward rise in production. Norris has obviously taken the initiative as he has posted a .378 average this spring. Not only has his average sky-rocketed by an impressive .132 in March, Norris has also hammered in three home runs through 45 at-bats; compare that to nine homers in 264 at-bats last season. Expect an incredible season from the youngster.

Eric Sogard

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Eric Sogard

Eric Sogard Athletics

Coming off the first season in which he saw substantial playing time, Eric Sogard looks to continue the success he saw in 2013. Sogard is the type of batter where you can pencil in his stats before the season even begins as he will hit around .260 BA, three HR, 60 runs and 50 RBIs. This has been reflected in his ST performance as he hit .255 BA, zero HR, eight runs and four RBIs. Expect a standard contribution out of Sogard from 2B.

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