The Oakland A’s are in first place at the All-Star Break! They finished the first half of the season with a 56-39 record (58.9%), which has them 2 games ahead of the Rangers. Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the A’s, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Josh Donaldson – 27-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Donaldson finished the 2012 season strongly with the bat and that has continued in 2013. Donaldson has played in 93 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 107 of 345 (.310 avg, .900 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 16 homers, 61 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Donaldson is the team leader for the A’s in runs scored (50), RBIs (61), walks (40) and he’s tied for the team lead in homers (18, with Brandon Moss) so far in 2013.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Bartolo Colon – 40-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been electric for the A’s so far in 2013. He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has given up 126 hits and only 15 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his first 126 2/3 innings so far this year, as he has been impressive.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Josh Reddick – 26-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Reddick is having a rough season in 2013. Reddick has played in 65 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 48 of 220 (.218 avg, .645 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 4 homers, 32 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The A’s hope that Reddick gets his power stroke back in the near future.