This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
Coming into this shortened season, we knew that hot streaks and slumps were going to be magnified, as there would be significantly less time to break out of the slump or regress off the hot streak. Even with that in mind, there sure feels like there are a lot more players than usual drafted in the Top 150 who are off to especially slow starts, and I've received questions about whether to bench or drops these guys, so figured I would quickly hit on a few of them. I was going to originally lead off with my buddy, Andrew Benintendi, but his injury makes him not worth breaking down at the moment. Also, I also won't bothering touching on elite players like Christian Yelich or Cody Bellinger as obviously no one is dropping or benching them anyway.
Matt Olson has recently ramped up the power numbers, slugging his sixth homer on Wednesday afternoon and just missing on his seventh, but somehow he only has four non-homer hits, which has led to a brutal .149 average through 83 plate appearances. Olson's strikeouts are down to 22.9 percent, and he's still contributing to the A's offense with a massive 19.3 percent walk rate. Without the strikeouts, the average is puzzling, until you scan over and see the truly absurd .095 BABIP so far, which places him dead last in all of baseball with anyone with at least 40 plate appearances. He's still hitting the ball exceptionally hard