A very real and determined Athletics burned the Bombers over the weekend winning four one-run games.
Billy Beane might have his best Moneyball team yet, as this group is made up of a bunch of other ball clubs leftovers. Not scrubs just players who didn’t fulfill expectations like Josh Reddick, Brandon Inge, Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon.
Beane saw potential when other teams had lost patience.
Granted it is a crapshoot because economic status is a major reason but with Beane’s foresight it can be lethal and it makes the best teams, like the Yankees or Rangers feel very degraded.
Looking at the A’s batting stats it is mind-boggling that this team is carrying a 13-2 record for the month of July, and are looking like contenders for a coveted AL Wild Card spot with 51 wins so far this season.
Oakland A's Batting Stats
The A’s rank in the bottom five in almost every batting category but not all.
They own the worst batting average (.228) and rank last in hits (727) but rank sixth in walks (313) and stolen bases (72); and they have the ninth least strikeouts (750) in the Majors.
Now Oakland’s pitching is stronger as they are posting the fourth best ERA (3.39); have pitched the seventh most innings (845.1); are tied for fourth with eight shutouts; are ninth in quality starts (55); and have held batters to a .241 average, which is fourth best in the Bigs.
One noticeable pitching problem is the A’s rank second to last in striking out hitters with 615 on the season, but that can be evened out with superb defense and the A’s are about a step shy of élite.
This is a signature Beane team; strong in some areas but nose-diving in others and that might be why the success cannot win a World Series.
And the window for success since the Athletics under Beane is always short-lived as the originally abandoned players become coveted again and money lures them out of Oakland. And than Beane starts the process all over again.
All I have to say as a Yankees fan is that I was certainly impressed with the Athletics performance and guts this past weekend as they certainly put New York in their place.
And in all honesty that is not such a bad thing for the Yankees, as it keeps them humble and hungry as there now six-game division lead is shrinking by the day.