DETROIT — The A's have struck out 41 times in the first three games of the American League Division Series.
That's more than 13 strikeouts per game. That's a figure that would turn most organizations apoplectic.
The A's, however, don't seem to care much about that. A strikeout with a man on first base is better than a double play, they reason, and they've yet to ground into a double play.
The Tigers have struck out 20 times, a relatively robust number, but also have grounded into three double plays.
A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is hardly the worst offender. He has struck out four times, but has five hits, including a triple and a homer. And he has a good perspective on the current run of strikeouts.
"If you're not swinging, you can't strike out,'' Cespedes said. "And they like us to swing.''
Right fielder Josh Reddick, who has four strikeouts to go with a pair of singles, and a solo homer, says the strikeouts are just part of the Oakland offense.
"We're a team that strikes out a lot, but we have the ability to hit the long ball quite a bit,'' Reddick said. "It seems to work out with a lot of swings and misses and hitting the long ball.
"We stick to that and as long as we work on our routines, everything works out fine for us.''
The current king of the K is first baseman Brandon Moss. The cleanup hitter has struck out three times in each game but he also has a walk and a single and has scored a couple of runs.
"When I strike out, I strike out in bunches,'' Moss said. "But the important thing is I'm staying with my approach. I'm looking to get one pitch I can handle and hit it hard. It's tougher with the Tigers because of all the good starting pitching they have, but my approach has to remain the same.
"If I strike out, that's just me.''
Reddick said he and Moss "talk about it all the time.''
"Moss tries to hit home runs every at-bat,'' Reddick said. "He has no problem with that, because when he is trying to hit singles, he's still going to strike out, so he might as well have fun out there and try to hit one out of the ballpark.''
Moss hit 30 regular season homers as a platoon player in addition to the one he hit Monday.