Oakland A’s: 3 biggest surprises from the first half

Jun 10, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 10, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jed Lowrie

There is something about Jed Lowrie and the Oakland A’s that just works.

Lowrie has appeared in over 100 games only four times in his 13 years in the majors. Every single time, he has been a member of the A’s. As he has already played in 86 games this season, he seems well on his way for his fifth season passing the century mark.

That in its own right is a shock. He had a total of eight plate appearances over the previous two seasons as injuries made his time with the Mets a complete disaster. After signing a minor league deal with the A’s, few expected he would make much of an impact.

But Lowrie has done just that. He started off the 2021 campaign white hot, and while he has cooled down over the past few weeks, had begun to heat up before the break. Overall, he has posted a .263/.336/.423 batting line with ten homers and 18 doubles in his 333 plate appearances, solidifying second base for Oakland.

No one could have imagined that Jed Lowrie would be a key part of any team. However, he has been exactly what the Oakland A’s needed.

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