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Inside the Numbers: Why the Oakland A's Can't Score Any Runs

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 29:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by manager Bob Geren after he hit a three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 29, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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D WizzleSenior Analyst IJune 2, 2011

The Oakland A's are only 27-30 and in last place in the American League West. Their pitching has been solid this season even without the services of Dallas Braden for most of the season.

The problem with the A's is their pathetic offense which many fans thought would get better after a horrendous 2010 season.

The A's got a new hitting coach this season in Gerald Perry, but that has not helped matters.

Here's a look at the woeful stats and numbers so far this season.

  • Second to last in home runs in the majors with only 32 homers. Josh Willingham leads the team with 10 homers.
  • Second to last in the AL in slugging percentage and on base percentage
  • Second to last in the AL in batting average. They are only batting .240 as a team.
  • Third to last in the AL in RBIs with only 192 RBIs
  • Third to last in runs per game with only 3.54 runs

Players like Daric Barton, Kurt Suzuki, and Hideki Matsui  were counted on before the year started to be run producers, but all three batters have struggled mightily so far.

Second baseman Mark Ellis is only batting .214 with one homer and shortstop Cliff Pennington only has a .256 average with a poor .307 on base percentage.

The A's got swept at home by the Yankees and now embark on a 10-game road trip to Boston, Baltimore, and Chicago.

If they have a bad road trip, I would not be surprised if GM Billy Beane fires his good friend Bob Geren.

Things need to change soon for the better or Geren could be the scapegoat.

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