OAKLAND -- When the A's were in the midst of their worst offensive struggles of the season a few weeks ago, outfielder Josh Reddick was the one player who was delivering consistently.
But with his teammates stepping it up at the plate in recent weeks, Reddick has gone the other direction. The 25-year-old entered Wednesday's game against the Dodgers having gone hitless in his last 15 at-bats, five short of his career-worst streak. In Tuesday's win against Los Angeles, Reddick struck out four times and left five men on base.
Reddick said the frustrating part about his recent poor hitting is that his approach has remained the same and his swing still feels good, yet he's not getting the results. From looking at video, the outfielder said he just sees himself swinging under fastballs that normally he's able to make solid contact with.
"I don't really want to push a panic button yet," Reddick said. "Just keep the same routine that I was doing when I was doing good. It's nothing that I feel mechanically, and routine-wise, just stay with it and stay with your approach."
The one positive is that that the lineup around Reddick has been performing better and the team is winning, mitigating the impact of his struggles. Manger Bob Melvin said he wasn't worried about Reddick, labeling his difficulties one of those streaks that every player goes through during a season. Melvin did indicate he might give his No. 3 hitter a day off soon to give him a rest.
With outfielder Yoenis Cespedes having been injured for several stretches this season, Reddick has been the team's most reliable power threat. His 15 home runs lead the A's and ranked ninth in the American League coming into Wednesday.