There's been a lot of whining and wailing and weeping about the lack of hits, especially with runners in scoring position, so far this season. The knee-jerk types are calling for everything from changes in the lineup, to Macha's head (or, at least, Dave Hudgens' scalp). But upon closer inspection, the problem seems to be one (at least to some extent) of pure bad luck.
To some of us up in the View Level, it sure seems that the A's are usually putting good wood on the ball (except Ruby, and he's come around in the last day or two) and they're not swinging at bad pitches. The numbers agree. So far this season, only four teams in the American League have fewer strikeouts than the A's, and only four teams have more bases on balls.
So what's the problem? Could it be...bad luck?
I don't think it really matter how you define "luck." The A's are hitting the ball...it's just that, so far this season, someone from the other team has been there to catch it most of the time.
Obviously, this too shall pass. And when we're in the middle of the next inevitable hot streak, just remember this ugly April.