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Olson's resurgence proves to A's 2020 was just a fluke

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Athletics' Matt Olson

The Athletics and Matt Olson are all going streaking. 

The A’s added one more W to the win column defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday to extend their win streak to 12. Olson, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to eight games. 

None of the A's are surprised by Olson's surge, manager Bob Melvin least of all.

“Last year was kind of an anomaly for him and it just was a 60-game season and a lot of guys struggled,” Melvin said after the game.

Olson will be the first person to tell you he struggled last season. Literally, Olson said he stunk.

In 2020, Olson slashed just .195/.310/.424 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI.

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A’s starter Chris Bassitt said this spring “a healthy Olson is frightening" for Oakland's opponents.

And, well ... 

Olson boasts a .328 average this season, slugging .672 with six home runs and 15 RBI.

“He’s off to a good start, he had a good spring, he made some adjustments, he’s just been really, really consistent for us, and it doesn’t surprise me,” Melvin said.

At this point, we can kind of put those 2020 numbers aside and admit last season was a fluke.