EXPERT 2021 PICKS AND PREVIEW ON OAKLAND ATHLETICS
If you’re a fan, you know that what matters now is how the Athletics perform in 2021. Are the Athletics able to win the World Series in 2021 with their star power?
Take a look at the preview below from SportsTips on the Oakland Athletics.
Preview: Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics Manager
Bob Melvin is entering his 18th season as Major League Baseball manager. He currently holds a 1247-1186 win-loss record for the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics.
After having managed the Seattle Mariners from 2003-04 to the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2004-2009, Melvin was named manager of the Oakland A’s in 2011. In 2011, Bob Melvin was named Oakland A’s manager.
Melvin led Oakland to six postseason trips and three division titles in his 10 seasons as an A’s player. Melvin has a 7-13 record in the postseason.
Melvin was named Manager of the Year on an individual basis. This is in recognition of their 2012 record of 94-68 in regular season and 2018 record of 97-64 in 2018.
Preview: Matt Chapman, the Minnesota Twins’ Key Player
Matt Chapman, who is entering his fifth MLB season, is one of the most important young hitters for the A’s.
Chapman made his debut in 2017 and has been an All-Star in 2019, as well as a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
After a strong 2019 season, Chapman had a difficult 2020 season. He was.232/.276/.535 with 10 runs and 25 RBIs. His strikeout percentage increased 13.6% over the previous year. This was the highest increase among major league hitters.
We believe Chapman will continue his development in 2021 and be one of the most valuable players in A’s dugout.
Matt Olson, Minnesota Twins’ Next Best: Preview
Matt Olson quickly established himself as one the most skilled offensive and defensive players in MLB.
Olson made his debut for Oakland in 2016 and has received the Gold Glove award twice and the Fielding Bible award three times.
Olson’s 13 Defensive Runs saved rating was the highest among first basemen in the major leagues. This was in a year in which he also batted at.267/.351/.545.
Olson, like many others, struggled during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 seasons, batting.195. However, he still managed the Oakland A’s to lead in games played (60), home run (14) and RBI (42).Last Updated on October 3, 2021