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Outsiders Perspective: Are the Oakland A’s Still Underrated?

Apr 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin argues a call with first base umpire Greg Gibson during the ninth inning at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The term “underrated” can mean many things to many people.  Some people define underrated as success without recognition. Others may define underrated as lack of media coverage, an under-appreciation from the league or coming out of the blue to be successful.  The A’s 2012 season could fall under all these categories.  The 2012 A’s team was underrated, by other teams, other fans, and especially the media.

This brings us to the 2013 A’s season.  The A’s got off to a hot start, due in part to 2 series with the Astros.  Looking through the various power rankings, even though the A’s had one of the best records in baseball, they were ranked relatively low based on their record.  With their performance this past week, however, it would seem that the A’s were rated by many in the media quite accurately.

As I have followed the A’s this season, it is apparently that there is quite a good amount of young talent on the team, but players such as Josh Reddick and Jarrod Parker have not lived up to their expectations so far this season.  Jed Lowrie is having a great start, but a hot start does not necessarily mean sustained success.  At this point in the season, it would be safe to say that the A’s are not underrated.

Topics: Jarrod Parker, Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics

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