Where they stand:
Considered by many to be one of the worst teams in all of baseball before the season started, Oakland actually sits at a very surprising second place in the A.L. West right now with a 22-23 record, five games behind the Rangers entering play Friday. Their -20 run differential, on the other hand, is the worst in the division, and the third worst in the American League behind Minnesota and Kansas City. They’ve also been racked by injury, with three of their top starting pitchers- Brandon McCarthy, Dallas Braden, and Brett Anderson, joining big offseason acquisition Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list. In other words, it feels like it’s just about time for the bottom to fall out of this boat.
The A’s haven’t been known for their offensive prowess for a while now, and the 2012 version of the club is no exception, ranking last in the American League in on base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA, wRC+, isolated power, and runs scored.…