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Oakland A's struggle face.
Remember when "Hudsoned" became a commonly used verb in Oakland? The term arose from Oakland's inability to provide run support for starting pitcher Tim Hudson.
In 2013, it seems like the verb applies to too many of the starters.
Bartolo Colon actually ranks 10th in run support at 6.33, according to ESPN.com. But after him, the number drops to 4.78 for A.J. Griffin (35th), then again to 4.00 for Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson (tied for 58th). The A's score an average of 3.20 runs per Jarrod Parker start (84th).
There's a reason the Detroit Tigers have been considered the favorites. Not only do they have an outstanding pitching staff, but their offense provides three-fifths of the staff with run support over 4.50 per game.
The lowest goes to Justin Verlander (3.90), who hardly needs more than a run most of the time.
Athletics hitters aren't consistent when it comes to supporting their pitchers. This puts more stress on pitchers to be perfect. When they aren't, they exit and the bullpen is called on to work under tighter circumstances. It's not good for anyone.
Let's get back to that offense not scoring runs.
The A's have had to come back 13 times in 48 games, or 27 percent of the time. They are having to play catch up in over one-quarter of their games. Oakland has played in 15 one-run games. They're 9-6 in those efforts.
Take the last six for example.
In four of those games, they were unable to score more than two runs. Six of the last 10 have been decided by one run, and luckily half of those have been wins.
At the end of the day, a win is a win.
Yet, the A's have a problem if they can't score runs or provide support to their pitchers, who give up a ton of home runs.