Originally written on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 10/4/13
This isn’t 2002 and Moneyball at its finest, this is pitching and playing to your strengths. This Oakland team is relying on the 2 run double or the 3 run home run much like the Tigers. Oakland features 4 guys with 22 homeruns or more including Coco Crisp (22), Josh Donaldson (24), Yoenis Cespedes (26), and Brandon Moss (30). The A’s were 4th in MLB in doubles as well lead by their shortstop Jed Lowie with 45 doubles while adding 15 home runs.  This is a team that plays to Detroit’s strengths and are more than willing to swing away in an attempt to clear the bases. However there is a downside the the free swinging A’s. All of Oakland’s big hitters in the middle of their lineup have 110 strikeouts or better. So how does this help Detroit? Consider the fact they broke the MLB record for pitching staff strikeouts in a season. The A’s do feature a player in Josh Donaldson that has come out of nowhere making himself a possible MVP candidate. Donaldson has put up numbers across the board ...
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