The Oakland A’s are much better than their record makes them appear. According to MLB.com in the A’s five wins they’ve outscored their opponents 42-1.
A large part of that has been thanks to A’s newcomer Billy Butler, who going into Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros has a nine game hitting streak.
*side note (On a side not I have to say that I had a huge feeling during that crazy 2014 American League Wild Card game that Butler had the feel and the look of an Oakland player. I told my parents that night that I thought he’d one day be on the Athletics. I’m not psychic but I know what kind of players Oakland has had over the past 30 years, especially the past 15 and good old Country Breakfast completely fit the mold.)
Butler had spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals, who did not pick up Butlers $12.5 million option for 2015 after the 2014 season.
They were willling to work with the 28-year-old Butler who they had drafted with the 17th pick in the 2004 draft. The Royals, however were worried about Bulter’s numbers which had been declining and hit an all time low in 2014.
Reportedly they were willing to offer Bulter $8 million for 2015, possibly making it a two year deal with a discount.
“Another team doesn’t come in and blow me out of the water with an offer.”
That was exactly what the Athletics did. They signed Butler to a three-year $30 million contract to be their designated hitter and part time first baseman. That’s a much better deal than $8 million plus possibly making it a two-year deal as long as their was a discount.
The Royals didn’t believe in Butler. Yes, 2014 was one of the worst of his career, statistically, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be able to bounce back. The guy is just 28 years old!
So far this season it appears that the A’s made the right choice and the Royals blew it big time.
Butler has hit in nine straight games, getting mostly doubles and hitting a three-run shot so far that it truly flew outside of Minute Maid Park.
As of Sunday, Butler was leading the American League Western Division in both batting average and on-base percentage.
You really can’t beat that, especially with the emphasis A’s general manager Billy Beane puts on getting on base.
Butler has been a huge assest for the Athletics and while it is still very early in the season he isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
Let’s just put it this way – Oakland sure LOVES their Country Breakfast!! 😀