Can the offense repeat the 2015 numbers but remain consistent?
Despite their record, the 2015 Oakland A’s were 14th in runs scored. Sure, they have the American League advantage of the DH, but they outscored two of the three teams with the best records in baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, and also the Los Angeles Dodgers and World-Series-contending New York Mets. If not for an almost-record-setting year of infield errors, and 22 one-run losses, this team could have been in serious contention.
This year’s lineup will be missing Zobrist, but Billy Burns is electric at the plate, and doing a great job patrolling center field. Josh Reddick has another year of team control, and will be pushing to improve his market value going into free agency. Will the 2016 team be able to put up those big offensive numbers more consistently in support of an ailing starting rotation?