If you were shocked by the production the Oakland Athletics finished 2012 with, you might also be surprised when they end 2013 even better.
The A's were in the top 10 in home runs, walks and stolen bases last season. Granted, they struck out as a team more than any other in Major League Baseball. Still, getting on base, runners moving themselves over and the long ball are efficient when it comes to winning ballgames.
During this coming season, Oakland will score even more.
The offseason moves were few and subtle. But by the end of the year, they'll be added to Billy Beane's (faux) Guide for Building a Team on the Cheap.
More home runs, more stolen bases and more walks. They'll even hit better as a team too.
There are seven reasons—five within the lineup and two outside variables—that will play a factor in the Oakland Athletics outperforming themselves in 2013.