Bits: Brandon Moss showing power stroke

I suppose it's understandable that many readers thought I had lost my mind when I admitted it wasn't outrageous for Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss to hit 30 home runs this season. Back in spring training, I had asked Moss whether he was capable of this feat. Of course he was going to say yes -- what would he say? -- and I didn't look at the possibility as ridiculous. After all, Moss hit 21 home runs in roughly half a season of at-bats last season, and playing time seemed more guaranteed in 2013.

Well, after bashing a pair of home runs among his four hits and knocking in six runs Wednesday, it appears that Moss is more than capable of reaching 30 home runs. He's at 24 now with a month left, and while he wasn't a coveted fantasy commodity back in March for standard formats -- and perhaps in any format -- he deserves to be owned in more than his current 66 percent of ESPN leagues for his recent performance alone. Moss is hitting .315 over the past 30 days, with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. Of the 10 players with more home runs in this time period, only Miguel Cabrera and Will Venable -- of course those guys belong in the same sentence -- have hit for a better batting average.