08-29-2012, 10:04 PM #1
Not only are they in possession of one of the higher of the two wild cards, but they are ahead of the much higher-amount payroll LAA of Anaheim by 5 games and only behind the 2-time reigning AL pennant champions Texas Rangers by 4.5 games. Go A's!
08-29-2012, 10:20 PM #2
The ingredients to this stew - pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching - seasoned with a good dash of Cespedes and Reddick.
08-29-2012, 10:34 PM #3
Just imagine how good they might be if they still had Willingham.
08-29-2012, 10:42 PM #4
They would be better, but his numbers would probably be a little suppressed in that stadium... too much foul territory and they would not have signed Cespedes if they had resigned Willingham - but I do agree the addition of Willingham to their line-up would boost their chances a fair amount.
08-29-2012, 11:10 PM #5
I was at the game where Brett Anderson made his 1st start following "the Tommy John Surgery". Oakland is a ****ing dump and so is the stadium. (Apparently it was a nice park once upon a time, it was more intimate and you had a nice view of the East Bay. Then Mount Davis was erected.)
Yes the place is a dump; however, in my opinion they have the best fans in the majors. They know their **** and don't act like d-bags (unlike the folks across the Bay.) The fans in section 139 know how to have a good time...I love the horns/drums combo. I'll certainly be rooting for them.
09-01-2012, 01:15 PM #6
The Success of the A's isn't that surprising. Beane is absolutely fearless as a GM. Take Pitcher A and watch him reach maturation and trade him for upside Pitchers B and C. Watch them reach maturation and trade them for Pitchers D and E and F.
They got some Power... Some Speed... And Young Arms that will be better next year if they stay healthy.
09-01-2012, 01:36 PM #7
09-01-2012, 11:21 PM #8
5 made their debut for another team, but pitched their first "full" season for Oakland - Tom Milone, Jarrod Parker, Ryan Cook, Jordan Norberto, Evan Scribner
4 signed as free agent - Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour, Jim Miller, Brian Fuentes
2 were out of the major leagues for at least a year before Oakland gave them a shot - Brandon McCarthy, Travis Blackley (pitched in BP for Giants before being released and claimed by A's this year after not pitching in the majors since 2007)
6 drafted and developed by A's - Tyson Ross, Sean Doolittle, AJ Griffin, Dan Straily, Pedro Figueroa, Andrew Carignan
4 acquired via trade but made MLB debut for A's - Jerry Blevins, Graham Godfrey, Brett Anderson, Fautino De Los Santos
1 purchased as minor league free agent - Pat Neshek
1 claimed on MLB waivers - Rich ThompsonThe Biggest Braves Fan on Twins Daily!