The Oakland Athletics predictably have one of the worst records in baseball.
At 56-97, they seem destined for a 100-loss season and are the worst team in the American League.
The writing was on the wall when they failed to retain Starling Marte via free agency and traded Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea, Frankie Montas, and many other contributors in the last year.
Fans aren’t precisely making lines to go to the games, but if there is a silver lining in the A’s season, it’s Seth Brown.
The slugger is having a September to remember and has been one of MLB’s best hitters over that span.
“Seth Brown in the month of September: .676 SLG (5th in MLB); 1.064 OPS (6th in MLB); 204 wRC+ (t-4th in MLB),” MLB Network tweeted.
Seth Brown in the month of September:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 27, 2022
Even if his average is in the .230 range, Brown is having the best year of his career in 2022.
He Is Making Strides
He is slashing .233/.306/.458 with a 121 wRC+ (the league average is 100) and has accumulated 2.2 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
His career-best output prior to 2022 was last year, when he was barely above-average with a 104 wRC+.
He has also hit 25 home runs, also a career-best, and even though he is already 30 years old, he remains under team control for another five seasons after 2022.
In Brown, the A’s have a keeper, which is a welcomed development after watching so much talent leave the franchise in the past few months.
Let’s hope he can maintain some of the gains he made in September and start off the 2022 campaign on the right foot.
He remains an important piece in the A’s puzzle for the future, wherever the franchise plays.