Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inside the Numbers: Why the Oakland A's can't score runs and why Bob Geren might get fired

The Oakland A's are only 27-30 and in last place in the American League West. Their pitching has been solid this season even without the services of Dallas Braden for most of the season.

The problem with the A's is their pathetic offense which many fans thought would get better after a horrendous 2010 season.

The A's got a new hitting coach this season in Gerald Perry but that has not helped matters.

Here's a look at the woeful stats and numbers so far this season.

Second to last in home runs in the majors with only 32 homers. Josh Willingham leads the team with 10 homers.

Second to last in the AL in slugging percentage and on base percentage

Second to last in the AL in batting average. They are only batting .240 as a team.

Third to last in the AL in RBIs with only 192 RBIs

Third to last in runs per game with only 3.54 runs

Players like Daric Barton, Kurt Suzuki, and Hideki Matsui were counted on before the year started to be run producers but all three batters have struggled mightily so far.

2B Mark Ellis is only batting .214 with one homer and SS Cliff Pennington only has a .256 average with a poor .307 on base percentage.

The A's got swept at home by the Yankees and now embark on a 10 game road trip to Boston, Baltimore, and Chicago.

f they have a bad road trip, I would not be surprised if GM Billy Beane fires his good friend Bob Geren.

Things need to change soon for the better or Geren could be the scapegoat.

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