Taking advantage of a rain delay in New York, I finally have a few moments to write some thoughts about the state of the Oakland A’s club just as they are about to play three at Yankee Stadium in the span of about 45 hours.
My feeling is the Incredible Green Hulks down the stretch in 2013 are not only back but they also could very well turn in their best overall season since the team moved west to Oakland in 1968.
They are off to the best start for the season’s first two months in more than 20 years at 35-22, AND they historically play much better from June 1 on, at least since the 2000 season.
As much as I have been tempted to share my impressions the past several days on this subject, I had to do the research to satisfy myself. The results are in:
Since the 2000 season when the A’s of the Billy Beane era first ascended to win the American League West, here’s what the A’s have done from the start of June: They have gone 884-665, a .574 winning clip as opposed to a .490 clip, basically playing .500 ball, the first two months of those seasons (361-375).
When you take out the tenure of manager Bob Geren (2007-to-June 2011) from those tabulations, the A’s are winning at a .654 clip from June 1 on (670-355).
Indeed many, many signs point to this being one of most special seasons in Oakland A’s history … or in the history of any A’s team for that matter.
That run differential through May 31 was plus 112, and going into Tuesday stood at a plus 115. They have scored a majors’ leading 296 runs while their AL-leading team ERA 2.93 pitching staff and the A’s defense have allowed only 181 runs.
Offensively, these early-season A’s ranked first in runs per game (5.19), on-base percentage (.340), RBIs (278) and walks per game (4.31). They were second in homers (66), triples (14) and stolen-base percentage (82.05).
Their pitching overall ranked first in almost every major category. Besides ERA, they include WHIP (1.13), batting average against (.223), OPS against (.621), on-base average against (.286) and slugging percentage against (.336). Jim Johnson’s woes at the O.Co aside, no wonder they have the best winning percentage in the league at .614 (35-23).
Just think how good they can be once they REALLY hit their stride. Now would be a good time to start spreading the news in New York, New York.