Olson is not in the lineup against the Angels on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Olson will hit the bench after starting 17 straight games and hitting .317 with four homers and a .981 OPS over that stretch. Chad Pinder will start at first base in his absence.
Olson went 1-for-5 with a grand slam Wednesday in the Athletics' 9-3 win over the Mariners. Olson's bases-clearing drive off reliever Chasen Bradford concluded a six-run fifth inning for the Athletics, who kept their hopes of earning home-field advantage for the wild-card matchup with the Yankees alive with the victory. Though he has seen his OPS fall more than 200 points from his impressive rookie campaign, Olson is coming on strong in September with a .295/.396/.526 slash line, five home runs and 19 RBI in 23 games.
Olson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Oakland's 5-1 loss to the Twins on Sunday. It was a quiet day for the Oakland offense against Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, but Olson managed to account for his team's only run with this second-inning solo shot. He's having a terrific season at the plate for the Athletics, with a .786 OPS, 28 homers and 32 doubles through 560 at-bats.
Olson went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, three walks and two runs in a win over the Angels on Thursday. Several of his teammates did it in more spectacular fashion, but Olson had his fair share of contributions in the Athletics' jaw-dropping 21-run outburst. The multiple walks were a rarity for Olson, who'd last accomplished the feat on Aug. 3 and had only done it on eight occasions overall this season. Olson's on-base percentage for September is up to a whopping .406 following Thursday's performance, as he's now reached safely in eight straight games.
Olson went 2-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Rays on Sunday. Olson continued to swing a hot bat through the entirety of the three-game set versus Tampa, and he's now hit safely in five straight games overall. That stretch includes back-to-back two-hit efforts, and his consistency at the plate throughout the month has helped lead to an impressive .311 September average.