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Lowell Cohn: A's offense on life support (w/video)

  • Oakland Athletics designated hitter Adam Dunn (10) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a solo home run off of Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Maybe they’ll hit better some time, some place. But they have only 23 games left and they’re in second place and they’d better hit soon or it’s the dreaded one-game playoff for them.

What a comedown for a team that owned the American League West most of this season.

On Wednesday, they lost 2-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Got three hits. Sure, Felix Hernandez pitched for Seattle and he’s hard to crack, but the A’s pitched the great Jon Lester. And they still lost. And they barely could score. Exactly what you’d expect from this team methodically spiraling down the drain.

Question of the day: Which A’s hitter has life?

Further question: Which A’s hitter should any team fear?

Answer: Only one A’s hitter has life and only one A’s hitter induces fear.

Adam Dunn. The A’s picked him up from the scrap heap just the other day. Well, they traded for him. Thank the Lord for Adam Dunn. Dunn may be the presence the A’s need. Partially. He hits home runs — he hit a solo shot on Wednesday. He gets on base. And he is big.

Power-hitting Brandon Moss, on the other hand, has not hit a home run in 33 games, his longest homerless streak as an Athletic. And counting.

The A’s can’t hit.


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