Moss getting back in hitting groove

Moss getting back in hitting groove

Moss getting back in hitting groove
OAKLAND -- In recent games, A's first baseman Brandon Moss has done much to disprove the notion that his powerful start was potentially a fluke.

That possibility was on the table after the slide that followed his initial surge. Moss had seven home runs and three doubles in his first 13 games with Oakland, but then collected just one hit in 17 at-bats over five games from June 22-27.

But Moss has bounced back in a big way since then, especially in the A's sweep of the Red Sox, the team that the first baseman debuted with. He had two doubles and two homers in the two games he played against Boston and has eight hits in his last 15 at-bats. It appears Moss is once again a significant offensive threat.

"I think we're seeing now out of Moss that he came out of a tough time and now he's succeeding," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "For a guy like that, that hasn't had a long look at the big league level, that's an important period to get through. It's encouraging to see he's gotten through it and is swinging a lot better now."

Moss said before Friday's series opener against Seattle that he may have been focusing too much on looking for pitches he liked to hit, instead of just staying true to the zone. He was "under-selective," meaning he would chase a fastball out of the zone simply because he was looking for a fastball.

"All hitters go through that, where you go through a little slow period," Moss said. "You're not getting the hits, you're not making good contact. You've just got to fight through that and trust in what you're doing and know that it's going to come back. You're not just going to forget how to hit."

Another factor could be the new platoon at first base with the right-handed hitting Chris Carter, which has coincided with Moss' hot hitting. Moss has been facing right-handers while Carter has been in the lineup against lefties, giving both of them better matchups.

And both of them have produced.

"It's a great thing for the team, too, because you're matched up like that, it puts us both in positions to succeed, and if we succeed, it helps the team succeed," Moss said. "I think it's a good thing. We both hit for power, and if you give us both really good matchups, we can be more consistent."