BALTIMORE -- The A's have struggled offensively recently, scoring just 16 runs in the past six games and just 59 on the season -- the fewest in franchise history over the first 20 games.
But A's manager Bob Melvin expects the players to break out of the slump, hopefully in this weekend's series in Baltimore. The A's rank last in the Majors in batting (.205), slugging (.318) and batting with runners in scoring position (.182).
"We do have some younger guys and we have a new mix of guys," Melvin said. "We've gotten off to a little bit of a slow start, and at times we press some, but to be at .500 at this point in time, is not too bad."
Despite the struggles, the A's have showed some power this season. Yoenis Cespedes hit the club's 15th home run on the season on Wednesday against the White Sox. Oakland did not get its 15th home run until the 25th game last season.
"We all feel as a group we're going to heat up here," Melvin said. "This road trip will be a good time for it."