Can anyone tell me, off the top of their head, which lineup has scored the most runs in baseball?
If your first thought were the Reds, Cardinals, Yankees, etc, you would be among the majority. However, the best offensive team in baseball, which is also 4th in the league in pitching, and tied for 1st in run differential is the Oakland Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics are off to a 8-2 start and have played all of their games against division foes. Not to mention that they started their season 0-2 and are 5-0 on the road.
Now, an even tougher question: Besides Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, can you name 3 other position players for the Athletics?
Harder than you expected, isn’t it?
That’s just one of many things that makes this A’s team so exciting. You would never expect an offense that includes Josh Donaldson, John Jaso, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss, and Eric Sogard to be even close to the top of the league offensively.
The offense isn’t the only storyline though. During their current 7 game-winning streak the A’s have not given up more than 5 runs in a game and have only given up more than 3 twice.
They are getting it done on both sides of the ball.
The best part is, that they are doing this with very few (if any) stars on their roster, the Oakland A’s are the best example (at a professional level) of what a “team” should look/play like.
This team is a blast to watch. The A’s do all of the little things right, they play hard, and they are having a blast doing it.
Now, I will admit, that before the season started, I have a hard time convincing myself that last season wasn’t at least somewhat of a fluke for the A’s. However, we are 9 games into the 2013 and I am becoming a believer very quickly….
After all, the A’s aren’t giving myself (or the rest of the league) much of a choice.
Follow Cole Stevenson on twitter: @Cole_Stevenson