After a slow start to the season, Stephen Piscotty has been one of the hotter hitters in the Oakland A’s lineup.
Sometimes, we all need a day off to recharge and get into a better mental state. That seems to have been the case for Stephen Piscotty.
He had just one hit in his first 15 plate appearances, drawing a walk while striking out four times. He, along with Khris Davis, were major factors in the A’s offense failing to appear at the start of the season, as Piscotty’s double was the only hit the pair had combined for. Unsurprisingly, Piscotty was sent to the bench on July 30.
That day off was what he needed. He was 1-4 the following day, and then his bat began to heat up. He had three consecutive days with two hits, and the power was starting to come back. Since that day off, Piscotty has produced a .273/.306/.424 batting line with a homer and two doubles.
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It was expected that the A’s lineup would eventually heat up. Ramon Laureano had been on fire all year. Matt Olson has started to hit once again and has embraced the Power of the Moustache. Matt Chapman has been a star and was bound to get back on track. But it would come down to the role players for the A’s offense to truly begin clicking.
Ultimately, that is where Piscotty fits on the roster. He has had flashes of brilliance, and when healthy, can be an excellent power source. Of course, that when healthy caveat applies, as Piscotty has played a full season just twice in since reaching the majors.
But players like Piscotty will make a difference, especially in a condensed season like 2020. Players wear down over the course of the year, and teams cannot just rely upon their stars. On those days, Piscotty, and others in that same area, will need to carry the A’s forward.
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After a slow start to the season, Stephen Piscotty is heating up. The Oakland A’s certainly need him to stay on track in order to continue their postseason push.