A's infielders Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien aim to be top duo in 2020


The A's infield -- while we wait for the final determinant as to who the second base starter will be -- as of now looks unstoppable.

The left side particularly could create some fear in 2020 with Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien holding down the fort. But beyond the gloves, they're overall the top duo in the game.

In 2019, they combined to hold the top WAR in a group of top teammates across the league.

A 14.8 WAR between Chapman and Semien last season placed them just barely above Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy (14.7) and Alex Bregman and George Springer (14.6).

Next season, the Los Angeles Angels will have both Mike Trout and newly acquired third baseman Anthony Rendon to create some buzz -- and hopefully, take some of the workload off Trout. 

That's not only quite the group to be paired with, but to be atop them all is impressive, to say the least.

In addition to his Gold and Platinum Glove honors, Chappy earned his first All-Star selection in 2019 and was in MVP talks. He finished his 2019 campaign batting .249/.342/.506 line with 36 home runs and 91 RBI.

Chapman stood out with his web-gem defensive ways and the ability to cover all of the foul territory the Oakland Coliseum has to offer.

Those MVP talks were there with Semien as well, but perhaps they were a little louder about the A's shortstop. He landed in third place for the AL MVP Award behind Trout and Bregman.

Semien started in all 162 games with a league-leading 747 plate appearances and a .285/.369/.522 line with 33 home runs and 187 hits. 

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You know what they say -- all is fair in love and WAR.

Nobody says that -- I've just always wanted to write that in an article.

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