Monday, May 12, 2014
Stock watch: Beckham making his move
By Doug Padilla
Gordon Beckham has raised his batting average to .250 thanks to a recent surge.
Gordon Beckham, 2B: After an oblique injury this spring and a slow start upon his return, Beckham is hot at the plate now. He had two more hits Sunday and has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games. He is batting .393 (11-for-28) with two home runs and five RBIs over his past seven games. Beckham’s batting average is up to .250 overall this season with a .292 on-base percentage.
Alexei Ramirez, SS: After a hitless afternoon Sunday (0-for-3), Ramirez is still batting .421 (8-for-19) over his past five games. He also has a triple, home run and five RBIs over that span. Ramirez also has six stolen bases to lead the team, although he did commit three errors in a span of two games this past weekend.
Paul Konerko, PH/DH/1B: The captain has started to figure out the nuances of his part-time role with a .391 batting average (9-for-23) since April 22. In the month of May alone, his five RBIs are tied for second best on the club behind only Ramirez’s seven. Konerko is 4-for-4 lifetime against A’s starter Jesse Chavez, so there is an outside chance he could be in the lineup Monday. But with A’s lefties Drew Pomeranz and Tommy Milone starting Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, Konerko figures to get plenty of playing time in the upcoming series.
Dayan Viciedo is hitting just .179 in May.
Dayan Viciedo, OF: After an impressive March/April when Viciedo batted .348 with a .938 OPS, the slugger has cooled off considerably in the early part of May. The right-handed hitter is batting just .179 (7-for-39) this month with just one extra-base hit. There is a sign that he has become more anxious at the plate, an issue that has plagued his career. Viciedo has just two walks in 10 games this month, compared to 10 walks in the 23 games he started last month.
Adam Dunn, DH, 1B: Over the opening month of the season, Dunn looked free and easy at the plate, possibly the product of not having to be the main run producer. Lately, though, that free-and-easy style seems to be missing as Dunn is just 5-for-27 (.185) in nine games this month. Dunn has two doubles in May, but he hasn’t hit a home run since April 24 at Detroit.
Marcus Semien, INF: It’s impossible to deny Semien’s ability to hit in the clutch, but his overall production at the plate has hit a snag. He has just four hits in his 21 at-bats this month (.190). Now comes the issue of sporadic playing time since second baseman Gordon Beckham and third baseman Conor Gillaspie are healthy. Semien could be looking at a trip back to Triple-A Charlotte once Adam Eaton comes off the disabled list. The first day Eaton is eligible to return is Sunday at Houston.