You Know, He Could Be Pointing At The Left Fielder

We miss you running, Jemile!

Much has been made in this early season of Jemile Weeks perhaps swinging for more power, having already matched his homerun total from last year at 2 in his 54 plate appearances so far. Is Jemile Weeks putting the ball in the air more often? Do you believe that this can lead to a player trying to increase his power numbers, and in the process, reduce his overall batting average and on-base percentage? Obviously it's too early to tell anything in the first 11 games of the season, especially against the quality of pitching the A's have seen, but I wonder if this does happen (outside of Major League II, that is).

Here is his start to the 2012 season:

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4
singled fly out to deep center singled fly out to left
lined out to center grounded out struck out line out
struck out struck out ground out homerun
grounded out walked singled fly out to left
struck out grounded out grounded out
Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8
line out to center fouled out to first ground out struck out
ground out grounded out lined out to left walk
singled to center fouled out to first double to right fly out to right
lined out deep center struck out ground out
grounded out home run
walked
Game 9 Game 10 Game 11 Game 12
fly out to center ground out fly out to center ground out
pop out to center single fly out to right center ground out
pop out to right strike out walk ground out
ground-rule double strike out ground out walk
strike out

The A's need Jemile to get on base. Period. As a baserunner, he wreaks havoc on the bases, disrupts the pitcher, and turns singles into doubles (and sometimes even triples). And so far this season, Jemile has five walks, nine hits, and only one stolen base (one caught stealing). He has also struck out nine times. Of the outs he has made, 15 were groundouts, and 17 were in the air.

Are there any conclusions to be drawn from the start to the season? Is the A's offense struggling in part because of Jemile's slow start? What would be the ideal line for Jemile in a season? Is there anything you would have him do differently?

A's/Angels Game 3 tonight at 7:05PM.

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