The Oakland Athletics have certainly carried their sticks over from the 2018 season. Now sitting at 10-8 in the young '19 campaign, the A's offense is firing on all cylinders, and one man, in particular, is putting on an impressive display of power. Outfielder Khris Davis is leading the league with nine home-runs; second on the home-run leader board is a tie between Cody Bellinger (LAD) and Jay Bruce (SEA) with seven.
Davis is no stranger to long ball success. The former-Milwaukee Brewer has been a permanent fixture on home-run and RBI leader boards for the past few seasons:
2018: 48 HR (1st), 123 RBI (2nd)
2017: 43 HR (4th), 110 RBI (7th)
2016: 42 HR (t-3rd), 102 RBI (t-17th)
What makes this power surge even more exciting is the fact that the man they call "Khrush" has had two consecutive 2-homer games. Over the past 48 hours, the A's have been entrenched in the final two games of a four-game series at Camden Yards in Baltimore, facing the Orioles. Both of Davis' incredible games at the plate have come during big road wins for his ball club. Moreover, Khrush has been joined in his onslaught by several of his teammates as the team continues to demolish pitching and put up gaudy offensive numbers.
In Wednesday night's 10-3 victory over the Orioles, fellow A's Chad Pinder, Jurickson Profar, and Matt Chapman each added big flies of their own, along with Davis' pair. Thursday's game saw three new players–Josh Phegley, Kendrys Morales, and Marcus Semien–join Khrush's powerful display in the A's 8-5 win.
These A's truly possess some excellent pop, as they have five players who already have hit three or more home runs this season: Davis (9), Chapman (4), Phegley (3), Pinder (3), and Semien (3). To add a little perspective, the cross-Bay rival Giants currently have only two players–Brandon Belt (3) and Kevin Pillar (3)–with at least three homers.
As a team, the Athletics are also among the league leaders in several offensive categories:
Homeruns: 32 (2nd)
Runs Batted-In: 83 (3rd)
Runs Scored: 86 (3rd)
Slugging: .461 (8th)
Their pitching staff, however, is not doing so hot, which is why Oakland is treading water around .500 at the moment. The A's team earned-run average currently sits at 4.13, which isn't terrible, but places them back at 14th in the league. More is needed if Oakland hopes to replicate last season's success and vault themselves into the postseason. If they can shave off a few points on that ERA, Oakland fans can count on riding their high-powered offense to another 90-plus win and playoff-bound season.