Fans having low expectations for the Oakland A's prior to the approach of the 2012 season, was to be expected.
They traded away two quality starting pitchers and an All-Star closer. The starting lineup had question marks, with several spots up for grabs as spring training unfolded.
Even if you brace yourself for disappointment, you still think to yourself, "I didn't think it would be this bad."
The A's pitching has not been fantastic, but they haven't been terrible either.
The club is not producing at the plate and that's the real problem in Oakland right now, not the pitching.
Don't be Fooled
I know, the A's are only 4-6 and they're not even in last place. Who cares? Don't be fooled by the numbers, they're deceptive. Of the 10 games played thus far, seven of them have been against the Seattle Mariners, a team most thought would be battling the A's for last place in the American League West.
Mariners fans shouldn't read too much into records either, five of their six wins have come against the A's. See how that works?
These Numbers Don't Lie
Some numbers are not deceptive. The A's are hitting .201 as a team, there's nothing misleading about that. Their under-.500 (.400) winning percentage won't even hold up with that number staring them in the face.
Players who were expected to hit in 2012 need to start hitting.
I've harped on it before, and I won't hesitate to do it again. Jemile Weeks, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes were dreadful this past weekend against the Mariners. The trio were a combined 5-for-34, which calculates to a .147 batting average. This from the guys who are supposed to be setting the table (Weeks and Crisp) and clearing it (Cespedes).
In this last series against the Mariners, the team as a whole was 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
After 10 games, the A's have failed to tally 10 hits in a single contest, matching the longest streak in team history to start the season.
The A's are down south in Los Angeles for a four game stint with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are an underachieving 3-6 to start the 2012 campaign and will be looking to take their frustrations out on the A's.
Jared Weaver is on the bump for the Halos tonight and will be followed by Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and newcomer CJ Wilson. This is not exactly what the doctor ordered for Oakland's struggling bats.