Oakland Athletics Season in Review: Biggest Surprises and Letdowns

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27: Blake Treinen #39 of the Oakland Athletics pours beer over the head of Mike Fiers #50 as they celebrate clinching a wild card spot after the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 27, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27: Blake Treinen #39 of the Oakland Athletics pours beer over the head of Mike Fiers #50 as they celebrate clinching a wild card spot after the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 27, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – JULY 25: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics hits a sacrifice fly scoring Mark Canha against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on July 25, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – JULY 25: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics hits a sacrifice fly scoring Mark Canha against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on July 25, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Power Goes Out on Khris Davis

Probably the biggest surprise this season is Khris Davis didn’t finish with a .247 batting average.

He actually hit a career-low .220 and .679 OPS with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs after signing a $33.5 million extension.

He had one stretch – from June 19 to August 20, spanning 44 games – Davis hit .185 and posted a .491 OPS with only one home run, 13 RBIs and 46 strikeouts.

He carried the A’s the past three years, posting 40 bombs and 100 RBIs in each of the seasons. His power and knack for big hits is the difference between this team having 97 wins or 100 wins and may end up being the difference between them getting knocked out in the WCG or going to the ALCS or even the World Series.

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