Heading into the 2013 season, Brandon Moss suddenly has been thrust into a larger role with the Oakland A's. With the trade of Chris Carter to the Houston Astros for Jed Lowrie, Moss is the unquestioned starter at first base.
On the surface, that would seem to be a good thing. Moss is coming off a career year in which he hit .291 with 21 home runs in just 84 games. The optimist in me says more time, more production. And considering Moss has long carried the reputation for being a plus power hitter, the logical explanation for 2012 may have been Moss finally getting an opportunity consistently at the big league level.
However, there are reasons for pessimism within the numbers Moss put up in 2012. While I don't think he was a complete aberration, there are reasons to believe Moss is not the .291/.358/.596 slash line player the numbers bore out last year. That said, here are the three reasons why the A's first baseman is bound to regress in 2013.