When Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane failed to bring in a big bat before the trade deadline, many pundits were critical of Beane’s lack of action (I was one of them). The acquisition of Alberto Callaspo seemed like a minor move for the struggling A’s offense. However, many forgot that there was a big bat waiting to heat up in the finals months of the year. Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick has finally awoken from his yearlong slumber at the plate. In a big two game spurt this past weekend he equaled his home run total this year, by belting five homeruns.
It is of upmost importance that Reddick keeps raking the ball for the A’s, as they are in a razor tight fight with the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Today’s game against the Blue Jays will be an important win for the A’s because the Rangers are almost guaranteed to beat the lowly Astros. If the A’s can come away with a win against the Blue Jays they will also get to beat up on the Astros for 3 games.
After the Astros series the A’s will have 42 games left to battle with the Rangers for the coveted AL west championship. Josh Reddick must keep up his torrid pace in order for the A’s to have a fighting chance at a AL west repeat. First half sluggers Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie cannot be expected to put up the same extraordinary numbers they put up in the first half.If Reddick can finally live up to his expectations for the last stretch of the year, A’s fans will forget about his horrific start to the 2013 season.