Matt Chapman lines a double down the left field line in the first. His 22 extra base hits since the break are most in the majors over that time
— Martin Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) August 21, 2018
This season, Chapman is slashing .276/.363/.506. His OPS+ is up to 141—top 20 among all Major Leaguers. Chapman is fifth among all players in total bWAR, with a significant portion of his rating coming from his performance in the field. His strikeout percentage is a tad high at 22.6%, but he is still walking greater than 10% of the time. On top of the solid OPS+, Chapman has also put up 139 wRC+ and a .372 wOBA.
A’s continue to benefit
The Oakland Athletics have been on an absolute tear this season. Pre-season predictions all across the board had the A’s as a bottom ten team in baseball. Instead, Oakland sits just one game back from the reigning world champion Houston Astros. Matt Chapman has been one of the most important pieces of this puzzle, and the A’s show no signs of slowing down soon.
With the Indians win over the Red Sox, the top 5 records in MLB are all in the American League.
1. Red Sox (88-38)
2. Yankees (78-46)
3. Astros (75-49)
4. Athletics (74-50)
5. Indians (72-52)
6. Cubs (71-52)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 21, 2018
The New York Yankees have all but locked up the top Wild Card spot for the Postseason. But, the American League race is not nearly as open as over in the NL. The only legitimate competition for Oakland in the Wild Card is division rival Seattle. That being said, the Athletics may just have it in them to steal the division away and forget about the Wild Card. Fangraphs currently gives the A’s a 78.6% chance of making the MLB Postseason.
There are very few (if any) names on the offense that the casual baseball fan would know but that hasn’t stopped Oakland from having a dominant season. This lineup features zero big holes and with one of the deepest bullpens in the game, the A’s are able to shorten a ballgame like no other team in MLB can. Stay tuned to find out if Matt Chapman and the rest of the A’s can pull off something no MLB talking head predicted before the 2018 season began.
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