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Athletics Nation May 19, 2016

Billy Butler passed his test, grading on a curve

Billy Butler is the platoon first baseman, and he's doing just enough to stay in that role. At least for now. On Sunday, I proposed that the four games the A's were to play against left-handers Matt Moore, Derek Holland, Cole Hamels, and Martin Perez were Billy Butler's big test to show that he had some minimal value to this team. With those four games done, and considering the alternatives, Butler passed. Billy Butler went 3-for-8 with a walk, an RBI, and a double play against the four left-handed opposing starters in the last four games. The performance raises his batting line against...
Athletics Nation May 15, 2016

Billy Butler's big test coming up

The next four games could spell the end for Billy Butler as an Oakland Athletic, or a new beginning. The next four Oakland A's games could be Billy Butler's last chance to perform in the role he has been consigned to, the platoon DH/first baseman against left-handed pitching. He must hit the hell out of the ball over the next four games to justify his continued spot on the roster, or else his anti-speed and lack of defensive versatility must give way to Max Muncy right away and to Renato Nunez in time as Oakland's top hitters in Triple-A. After 19 consecutive games facing right-handed...
A’s Billy Butler in search of playing time and RBI production

A’s Billy Butler in search of playing time and RBI production

It was 22 games into the 2016 season that Billy Butler drove in his first run for the A’s. As Oakland prepares to play its 30th game of the season Friday night in Camden Yards against the Orioles, he has… Continue Reading → The post A’s Billy Butler in search of playing time and RBI production appeared first on Inside the As.

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