After a couple nice weeks of play, the Oakland A’s are finally starting to play like most people thought they would in 2022. In an offseason that included trading key players right before Opening Day, nobody expected this team to seriously contend this season and it’s showing right now. After finishing the month of May with only 10 wins and 21 losses, the A’s overall record fell to 20-31.
Throughout most games it feels like the A’s have had a chance to win, but they have struggled to put teams away or take chances of opportunities that have come their way. They are the worst hitting team in baseball entering June with a .213 team batting average, and team combined .608 OPS. They simply just don’t have enough good hitters right now. On top of that they are among the league leaders in errors committed on defense. Ultimately when you combine a bad hitting unit with a bad defensive unit, the team is bound to struggle.
The Positives and What the Future Holds
However, there have been a few bright spots this season. Including starting pitcher Paul Blackburn who is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA which ranks 7th in the AL. There’s also closer Dany Jimenez who ranks 4th in saves in the American League. Regardless of how this team finishes record wise, there are multiple players to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the season. This includes guys like Cristian Pache, and A.J. Puk amongst other young players that may be on the roster at season’s end, including guys like Nick Allen and Shea Langeliers.
Also, whether the A’s continue to struggle as a team this year or not, they need to see their young talent develop. It’s vital to see what the path is for the future of this franchise.
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