On the morning of July 30 the A's were 63-43, six games ahead of the Rangers in the AL West, and riding a four-game winning streak.
After losing 12 of their last 20, Oakland now sports a record of 71-55 and is 2.5 games behind Texas in the AL West.
Why are the A's struggling right now? Consider the following statistics over their 8-12 stretch:
- Committed 18 errors, leading to 13 unearned runs (They committed 61 errors over their first 106 games, leading to 23 unearned runs)
- .244 BA, .307 OBP, 145 runners left on base (7.2 per game), 3.7 runs per game (They averaged 4.5 runs in first 106 games)
And perhaps the biggest stat of all -- the A's are hitting a dismal .184 (29-157) with runners in scoring position.
Want more of an explanation? Just listen to Bob Melvin ...