The Oakland Athletics were relying on new third baseman Brett Lawrie to be a catalyst on both sides of the field this season, and he’s definitely delivering.
So far with his new club, Lawrie is slashing .286/.322/.416 with 21 extra-base hits in 255 official at-bats and playing mostly solid defense at third. While he isn’t quite having the same MVP-caliber year as the guy he replaced in Oakland, Lawrie has had an especially strong showing of late.
He’s also hitting .359 with runners in scoring position – a key statistic that has helped him be the offensive spark the A’s were hoping. What’s more, he’s gotten hotter at the plate as the season has progressed: after hitting just .229 in April, Lawrie bumped that up to .295 in May and is currently hitting a sizzling .343 in June.
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Within that context, then, it’s no surprise the A’s are playing better as a unit. After Tuesday’s win, they climbed up to within nine games of the .500 mark at 32-41 and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 ballgames.