Oakland Athletics

What Should the A's Do With The Lack Of Production From The DH Position?

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Landon Powell #35 of The Oakland Athletics in action against The New York Yankees during their game on April 22, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Steven ResnickSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2009

The Oakland A's best power source Jack Cust has been in a tremendous struggle to hit for power and as well as drive in runs. The only good news about Cust is that he continues to get on base and score runs, but for a middle of the order guy he need to hit for the power and drive in the runs.

Cust has not driven in a run since July 23 and his last home run was on July 20. Is it any wonder why A's fans are wanting to see Cust out of the lineup? Considering the A's have a player who in a limited amount of time has shown that he has a good eye at the plate and has come up with some big hits as well.

I do realize the reason why this player is not in the lineup everyday is for one he's been nursing an injury and secondly he's the backup catcher, so if Kurt Suzuki the starting catcher gets hurt there would be no one on the bench to come in and catch for the A's.

That means that the A's would have to send a player down to the minor leagues or they'll wait until the roster expands before making the decision with Cust except it would be nice to see some more production from the DH position.

Currently Cust is hitting .228 with 16 homers, 50 rbis, 12 doubles, 68 walks, 129 strikeouts, and an on-base percentage of .344.

Yet, Landon Powell should be the player to replace Cust at the DH position. Again, in the limited amount of time he has played he has produced very well for the A's.
His stats so far in just 31 games he has a .253 average, three homers, 20 rbis, seven doubles, 10 walks, 21 strikeouts, and an on-base percentage of .324.

I think it's fair to say that it is time to see Powell in the lineup a little bit more. Maybe not everyday, but every couple of days would be nice.

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