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Brandon Inge has turned back into a pumpkin

Jul 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Brandon Inge got released by the Tigers in late April, signed with the A’s, and suddenly starting smacking homers in bunches, leading to all sorts of fawning words being written as if the past five years hadn’t happened and he was simply back to being a productive regular at age 35.

Inge’s power surge lasted much longer than I would guessed, as he delivered four homers and 17 RBIs in his first 11 games for Oakland, but that resurgence was interrupted by a disabled list stint for a groin injury and … well, he’s been terrible ever since.

Inge returned from the DL on May 28 and has played 38 games since, hitting .212 with two homers, and a .299 slugging percentage to go with a .281 on-base percentage and ghastly 41/13 K/BB ratio. In other words, Inge has resumed hitting–or not hitting–exactly like he did from 2007 to 2011, when he batted .227 with a .308 on-base percentage and .376 slugging percentage in 671 games for the Tigers.

As the A’s climb above .500 and become surprise playoff contenders in the American League one of the easiest upgrades they could possibly make would be finding a capable third baseman to supplant Inge.

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Given Moneyball, I wonder why Youk didn’t end up in Oakland. EUCLIS!

  2. joelwrobinson - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    he is still a good defensive player. the A’s made a lot of errors at that position before inge. that counts for something.

  3. darthicarus - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    As a Tigers fan, all I can say is welcome back to reality Inge. Enjoy your time in Oakland :)

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