With the first half of baseball quickly coming to a close, the Oakland A's are sitting 9.5 games out of first due to their anemic offensive attack.
A's General Manager, Billy Beane, signed former MVP Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera, and Nomar Garciaparra, and traded for the NL Silver Slugger, Matt Holliday, last offseason. The signings were believed to turn Oakland into a darkhorse contender.
Those signings haven't changed a thing. The A's are still dead last in batting average, on-base percentage as well as slugging percentage. The A's own a .238 team batting average (14th in AL) and have scored only 325 runs (12th in AL).
There seems to be a power outage in Oakland.
And unless the A's can get consistent hitting from Giambi, Holliday, and Jack Cust, they won't be around in October. If the A's can somehow stick around long enough, they have a chance to heat up much like Holliday's 2007 Colorado Rockies did.