Five A's bold predictions for the second half of the MLB season
Matt Olson will hit 50 home runs
That's right. Fifty of those babies will be gone ... at least 50.
Olson hit 19 home runs in the first half after being out of commission for six weeks with a hamate bone injury -- so those long balls happened in just 58 games. Those types of injuries can sometimes lead to a significant loss of power, but it appears that's not the case for Oly.
Stay tuned ... and prepared to be amazed.
Khris Davis will not hit .247
Blah Blah Blah ... Khris Davis hitting .247.
Over the last four seasons, the 2018 MLB home run leader has accumulated a .247 batting average. Each. season. on. the. dot.
But this time around, it's not going to happen.
And not because he will hit lower for a lower number (ignore that current .236 average). In fact, he's going to raise that average above .247.
After suffering an oblique injury, KD2's power appears a bit off, but he's still making contact. I have a feeling he'll recognize that and concentrate on putting more balls in play rather than over the fence. He can revisit the home run king capabilities later.
AL West champions
Hey -- this isn't called a boring predictions post. Let's go!
Yes, the Astros lead the way heading into the break with the Green and Gold 7.5 games behind. But if you look at it, other than a few situations where the Angels and the Rangers could get a little frisky, Houston is the only team they have to worry about.
And if not, give us another crazy Wild Card game. But this time, let the A's come out with a win.
Plus, A's fans would probably do anything to watch these guys chug beers and celebrate in A's robes again.
A's sold out
No, not in a bad way.
I'm talking a full Mount Davis, seats all packed, annoyingly loud type of game.
The Coliseum can fit over 46K fans at a baseball game. We deserve to see it before Matt Chapman has to beg, again, to have people come out to watch them play.
A's make a crazy trade
The MLB trade deadline isn't for the faint of heart.
The end of July is going to be filled with teams heading toward the home stretch needing that extra somethin' somethin', and that's exactly what the A's need. So expect them to be buyers.
More than likely, the team will want a starting pitcher -- what team doesn't? The loss of Frankie Montas due to a PED violation could prove detrimental even with A.J. Puk and Sean Manaea well on their way to making a presence.
But who could it be? We'll see what Billy Beane and David Forst have up their sleeves.