The Oakland Athletics have now struck out an American League record 1,333 times in 2012, but despite all the swinging and missing, they are still looking like they'll be playing postseason baseball. The A's struck out 11 more times yesterday evening, and manager Bob Melvin had the following to say about it, via CSN Bay Area:
"I think at this point in time it kind of just comes with the territory, I was counting up the strikeouts after six and you're going 'Here we go again.' But at least we're not hitting into double plays."
The A's offense currently sits near the bottom of the American League as far as runs scored are concerned, but they've been on fire in the second half of the season. Since the break, they've put together the league's second-highest run scoring total.
The A's will look to continue their high strikeout/high scoring ways on Thursday when they visit Texas for their final road game of the season. They'll then close the year by hosting three game sets with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.