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Athletics' Matt Olson: Homers in first inning

Olson went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Friday's 5-3 win over the Yankees. Olson blasted his 19th home run of the season with two outs in the first inning Friday, but he was unable to reach base in any of his other four at-bats. However, the 27-year-old has been dominant recently, as he's gone 12-for-25 with four home runs, a double, nine RBI and six runs across the last six games.
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Matt Olson on fire thus far in June

Jun 16, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) runs towards third base ahead of second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) before scoring a a run during the sixth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports. Matt Olson has been a key part...

Matt Olson has taken a huge step forward at the plate

In late April, we took a closer look at how Matt Olson was crushing the ball and also missing it less. The Oakland A’s first baseman was hitting for all of his usual power in the early going but had slashed his strikeout rate in half from the previous year, and by one-third from his career rate. A slugger with elite power who figures out how to stop whiffing is a superstar, even before factoring in his Gold Glove defense, and I stated the following in that article:

Matt Olson homers off Yankees to displace Acuña and join Ohtani

The outstanding first baseman of the Oakland Athletics, Matt olsonHe didn’t think twice to put the ball out of circulation at Yankee Stadium, hitting a home run in the very first inning to displace Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. in third place in home runs. Matt olson took turns as third...

Athletics' Matt Olson: Three hits in Wednesday's win

Olson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Angels. All three hits were singles, but he still extended his current hitting streak to five games, a stretch during which he's gone 11-for-20 (.550). On the season, Olson is batting .297 with with 18 homers and 48 RBI through 63 contests, putting him firmly on pace for a career-best campaign.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Homers twice in win

Olson went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Royals. Olson displayed his full power taking Kris Bubic deep twice Sunday. He has three long balls in his last two games. The 27-year-old is slashing .289/.374/.610 with a team-leading 18 homers and 47 RBI in 254 plate appearances. His 18 home runs is second-best in the American League behind Vladimir Guerrero's 21.
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Matt Olson is home run-hitting his way into the AL MVP conversation

Matt Olson has been moving steadily into the American League MVP race and as the team’s clear-cut All-Star. His performance in the A’s 6-3 win against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon catapulted him squarely into the frontrunner’s race. Plenty of season is left to play, but Olson has...

Athletics' Matt Olson: Homers, plates four

Olson went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional RBI in Saturday's win over the Royals. Olson socked his 16th home run in the eighth inning off Wade Davis, and the first baseman has now hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, posting five multi-hit games during that span. The slugging infielder boosted his average to .285 with a .956 OPS following his first four-hit game of the campaign.

Matt Chapman, Matt Olson fuel A's 11-2 rout of Royals

The Oakland A’s beat Kansas City Royals, 11-2, on Saturday afternoon in Oakland, Calif. Matt Chapman hit his first home run since May 5, a good indication that he might be feeling more himself at the plate of late. His two-hit game propelled the A’s offensive efforts. His two-run single in the second inning extended the A’s lead to 3-0. His opposite-field solo home run completed his three-RBI day.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Slams 15th homer

Olson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and an additional run in a 6-3 victory over Colorado on Saturday. The first baseman put the Athletics on the board in the first inning, smashing a 403-foot shot with a runner aboard. The long ball extended his current hit streak to five games, during which Olson has gone 10-for-20 with eight RBI and five extra-base hits. He is tied for sixth in the league with 15 homers on the season.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Busy night at plate in win

Olson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double and a run in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday. The slugging first baseman continued wielding a red-hot bat in the shutout win, as Olson now is 7 for-14 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, a walk and five runs over his last three contests. The surge has pushed Olson's season slash line -- which now stands at an impressive .274/.361/.570 -- to its highest figures since May 6.

Matt Olson hitting third for Athletics Wednesday night

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson will bat third in Wednesday night's series finale against right-hander Chris Flexen and the Seattle Mariners. Olson was the cleanup man on Tuesday and he went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and 3 RBI. Jed Lowrie has also been bumped up a spot in the order and will hit second.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Launches 14th home run

Olson went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs and a strikeout in Tuesday's 12-6 win over Seattle. Olson opened the scoring with a solo shot off starter Marco Gonzales and tacked on a two-run single as part of a six-run seventh. This marks consecutive multi-hit outings for the power-hitting first baseman, who's now slashing .264/.354/.560.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Crosses plate twice

Olson went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to Seattle. The first baseman entered Monday in a skid after going just 1-for-11 in four games versus the Angels. He got back on track with an RBI double in the fifth inning Monday. Olson also scored in the eighth and 10th innings, although his error in the field indirectly led to Seattle's walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th. Through 207 plate appearances, Olson is slashing .258/.348/.545 with 13 home runs, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Plates two runs

Olson went 1-for-3 with a home run and an additional RBI in Wednesday's win over the Mariners. Olson socked his 13th long ball of the season with a solo shot in the third inning, and he later added another RBI in the bottom of the fourth with a sac fly that scored Elvis Andrus. The first baseman has been seeing the ball well of late and has hit safely in all but two of his last 11 contests, hitting .300 with a 1.133 OPS, five homers and a 6:5 BB:K across 46 plate appearances in that span.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Goes long again

Olson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Angels. Olson drove in the first run of the game with a 445-foot solo blast to right field to lead off the second inning. He added a base hit in the third and later walked and scored in the seventh. The 27-year-old is slashing .268/.354/.562 with 12 home runs, 28 RBI, 26 runs scored and a 19:31 BB:K. Olson continues to be one of the premier power-hitting players in baseball and has improved his concentration at the plate. He has only struck out in 17.7 percent of his plate appearances which is a significant improvement after striking out 31.4 percent of the time last season.