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Small sample fun: looking at how bad the A's offense has been

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I lied, it's not fun.

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As the season started approaching and the A's roster seemed set, excitement reverberated among A's fans. There were questions with the roster to be sure, but the A's roster looked to be full of young position players who could break out big time. Mark Canha? Rule 5 steal. Khris Davis? Underrated slugger. Yonder Alonso? Solid hitter.

Thus far, none of that has happened. Just how far off the A's 2015 numbers and career numbers from their 2016 lines thus far? Let's look. Numbers were taken prior to Friday's game.

Player 2015 OPS Career OPS 2016 OPS Difference 2016 and 2015 Difference between 2016 & career
Stephen Vogt .783 .734 .534 -.249 -.200
Yonder Alonso .742 .724 .242 -.500 -.482
Jed Lowrie .712 .734 .474 -.238 -.260
Marcus Semien .715 .712 1.053 .338 .341
Danny Valencia .864 .736 .733 -.131 -.003
Khris Davis .828 .798 .419 -.409 -.379
Billy Burns .726 .716 .588 -.138 -.128
Josh Reddick .781 .747 .779 -.002 .032
Billy Butler .713 .796 .488 -.255 -.298
Coco Crisp .474 .731 .695 .221 -.036
Chris Coghlan .784 .748 .440 -.344 -.308
Josh Phegley .749 .652 .801 .052 .149
Mark Canha .742 .734 .417 -.325 -.317

Prefer wRC+? Gotcha covered.

Player 2015 wRC+ Career wRC+ 2016 wRC+ Difference 2016 and 2015 Difference between 2016 & career
Stephen Vogt 115 104 55 -60 -49
Yonder Alonso 111 104 -45 -156 -149
Jed Lowrie 95 101 32 -63 -69
Marcus Semien 98 98 204 106 106
Danny Valencia 135 100 123 -12 23
Khris Davis 121 116 21 -100 -95
Billy Burns 102 100 73 -29 -27
Josh Reddick 117 105 122 5 17
Billy Butler 99 115 37 -62 -78
Coco Crisp 35 97 98 63 1
Chris Coghlan 113 103 17 -96 -86
Josh Phegley 107 77 139 32 62
Mark Canha 106 104 5 -101 -99

The average A has a wRC+ that's 34 points off his career norm, 36 off his 2015 number. The A's are off to a really, really bad offensive start.

What does it all mean?

The A's offense has been terrible.

No, really

The numbers above are almost entirely a function of the small sample that is 2016 thus far. They do paint a disturbing picture of the A's offensive troubles, which have permeated through all but maybe three or four players. Scoring for the A's on the baseball diamond is like scoring at summer camp - word is, everyone else is doing it, but the A's just can't figure out how.

There's nowhere to go but up

Sometimes, a fun activity is to a stat leaderboard and search in reverse. Who's the worst hitter in the ENTIRE league? Ha-Ha, sucks for that team! Who's the second worst hitter in the league? Ha-Ha sucks for th- well crap. That's Yonder Alonso.

Seriously, Yonder Alonso is hitting better than only Russell Martin among players with 30+ plate appearances. The good news is that A) at least Alonso isn't being paid $16 million and B) Yonder Alonso is going to get better.

I don't mean to pick on Alonso, but he's an obvious target with his .212 OPS. He's also the best reminder the A's are going to hit better than they are now. Hitting so far below your career average is indicative of the small sample, not skill. I don't know if the A's will be a good hitting team this year, but you can bet they won't be this home plate phobic bunch all season, either.