The Oakland A’s have been expected to pursue help in the middle of their infield. Shortstop has been a thorn in their side for much of this season, as Elvis Andrus had not produced at a rate that was even close to acceptable. However, his bat has started to heat up lately, putting the focus elsewhere.
In this case, the focus should not shift too far from short. Second base is starting to be a concern as Jed Lowrie‘s hot start to the season is beginning to fade. He has produced a meager .221/.323/.337 batting line over the past month, hitting just two homers and four doubles, drawing 13 walks, but striking out 25 times.
Jed Lowrie’s struggles could change trade deadline focus
Lowrie’s bat has turned to ice over the past ten days. He has just one hit in his last 28 plate appearances, although he has scored three runs and drawn four walks. Lowrie has even begun to lose playing time, with Tony Kemp receiving starts at second base.
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It was inevitable that Lowrie would start to wear down. He had just eight plate appearances over the past two years, all of which occurred in 2019. At 37 years old, and having appeared in 68 of the A’s 73 games thus far in 2021, slumps and occasional cold stretches with the bat were to be expected.
But Lowrie’s extended cold streak offensively may force the A’s to change their focus at the trade deadline. As it is, there is a need in the middle of the bullpen, as well as a need for depth in their middle infield. Should Lowrie continue to struggle in the days leading up to the deadline, Oakland’s front office may need to add a second baseman to their shopping list.
It is entirely possible that Lowrie will break out of his slump. A few days off, giving him a chance to clear his mind and rest, could work wonders. But if that does not help, the A’s may find themselves adding another piece to their shopping list.
Jed Lowrie has gone ice cold with the bat. If his struggles continue, the Oakland A’s may suddenly find themselves needing a second baseman.