Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Giants, A's Struggling to Score Runs

I'd like to welcome readers back to the Bay Area Sports Journal. We've been on a very inconsistent and in-frequent posting schedule over the last few weeks due to computer issues, but we're back on track and ready for our regular 2-3 post per week output, so stay tuned.

In the Bay Area sports world right now, most of the focus is on the Giants and A's, and their lack of offense. Both teams have gotten terrific starting pitching throughout the season's first 2 months. The A's have been getting solid performances out of Ben Sheets, Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Co., but they just haven't been scoring enough runs to consistently win ballgames. The A's got a gift last weekend when they got to host the Giants for 3 though, cause they've been even worse off than Oakland at the plate lately. Most of the Giants jargan can be seen over at The Giants Baseball Blog, but there main problem has been not being able to play fundamental baseball and do simple things like move runners over and get runners in from third base with less than 2 outs. The A's are more so having a problem because there lineup just doens't have many guys who drive in runs. Their lack of power and run production has caused them to once again go back to Jack Cust as their main source of power. Since they have very little pop, they need to hit for average, but their lineup is hitting around .250. Everyone knew the A's offense was going to be an issue coming into the year, much like with the Giants, so it shouldn't be a surprise.

With their pitching though, they aren't that far off, especially when they get Brett Anderson back. Anderson, in my mind is the most talented pitcher on that staff right now and one of the AL's brightest young arms. Just like the Giants' GM Brian Sabean has had to do with his young pitching core of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner, A's GM Billy Beane is going to have to figure out whether or not he's going to break up the A's pitching core in order to get some offense into Oakland. They are hoping top prospect Michael Taylor will be up eventually to help out, but he had a horrendus spring, and hasn't been too hot so far this year in the minors.

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