Brandon Inge Comes Crashing Back to Earth for Oakland Athletics

Rudy TarkusContributor IIJuly 7, 2012

Can Brandon Inge return to Mid-May form and help a struggling A's offense?
Can Brandon Inge return to Mid-May form and help a struggling A's offense?Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After Oakland GM Billy Beane scooped Brandon Inge up when the Detroit Tigers released him at the end of April, I wrote a piece titled, "Brandon Inge's Heroics a Flash in the Pan: Oakland Athletics Need a 3rd Baseman."

At the time, Inge had 10 hits, 17 RBI, and four home runs in 39 at-bats, including remarkable stretch of four straight games with four RBI. Inge, incredibly, became only the second player in 80 years to have four RBI in four games over a five-game stretch.

The other player to do this? Lou Gehrig.

There he was, in Oakland, seemingly rejuvenated by a change of scenery, and Billy Beane's moneyball approach seemed to have worked yet again, with a majority of Inge's $5.5 million salary being picked up by the Tigers.

In my article, I mentioned Inge's career slash line of: .234/.304/.387 and the fact that in his last season with the Tigers, he batted a mere .197 over 269 at-bats.

 

Since Inge's big splash in Oakland and the mania that ensued, he has managed to return to his old self, batting .218 with a .294 OBP. During his time with the A's, Inge has grounded into seven double plays and struck out 47 times in 165 at-bats. Somehow, his WAR (wins above replacement) managed to stay positive, at 0.4.

A change of scenery can do players good, but in Inge's case, his history as a poor batter has caught up with him. It's likely that Inge will simply be another glove in a rotating cast of third basemen for the Athletics.

For what it's worth, Billy Beane got a deal on a veteran for the clubhouse.

(H/t Baseball-Reference.com for stats)

 


Related

    Braves Call Up Top Prospect Ronald Acuna

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Braves Call Up Top Prospect Ronald Acuna

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report

    A's Beat Rangers to Run Winning Streak to Four Games

    Oakland Athletics logo
    Oakland Athletics

    A's Beat Rangers to Run Winning Streak to Four Games

    NBCS Bay Area
    via NBCS Bay Area

    Trout Crushes 10th HR of the Season

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Trout Crushes 10th HR of the Season

    Rob Goldberg
    via Bleacher Report

    Yusmeiro Petit Wanted to Pitch Hours After His Mother Died

    Oakland Athletics logo
    Oakland Athletics

    Yusmeiro Petit Wanted to Pitch Hours After His Mother Died

    NBCS Bay Area
    via NBCS Bay Area