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Continuing from our season preview of the Athletics earlier today...
Will the A's pitching staff be able to replicate their awesome 2012?
In 2012, the A's pitching staff had a 3.50 ERA, the sixth best mark in baseball and second best mark in the American League. Four of their five starting pitchers (with Brandon McCarthy being the lone exception) return, and five of their top six relievers from 2012 also return (with Jim Miller as the exception). But yet, there seems to be some apprehension that Oakland's pitching staff will be able to be as good as they were in 2012. Is that a justified concern?
Oakland's 2012 rotation consists of Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, AJ Griffin, and Dan Straily, with one of those five (presumably Straily) losing their job when Bartolo Colon's PED suspension ends. Of those five, the only one who wasn't a rookie in 2012 was Anderson, who made just six starts as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. So obvio...
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Billy-ball is back in Oakland. And, the movie “Moneyball” seems to make sense again, as the low budget A’s enter Spring Training the reigning winner of the division. As the world is finally making sense again, we welcome in the Spring – primarily focusing on four themes which surround the A’s this Spring:
I. New Talent
Billy Beane has wanted youthful talent...
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The San Francisco Chronicles' Susan Slusser reports from A's camp that
team closer Grant Balfour will undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean up a
meniscus tear in his right knee. Balfour is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of
action. There is the possibility of him being ready by Opening Day.
Manager Bob Melvin announced this morning that Ryan Cook and Sean
Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour underwent surgery on his knee Thursday and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The procedure was done in order to repair a torn meniscus and is considered to be a minor procedure. The Australian opted for the procedure now in order to skip spring training in order to be ready for the start of the regular season if all goes well with his rehab...
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A’s closer Grant Balfour has a torn meniscus in his right knee that will require surgery and keep him out 4-6 weeks, according to the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.
The injury will be repaired by arthroscopic surgery, which Balfour will undergo Thursday afternoon. The pitcher had knee soreness toward the end of last season that came back this week. An MRI revealed the tear.
The A's weren't expected to contend in 2012. After all, they had lost 88 games in 2011, and the team traded both of their 200 inning men (Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill) and their closer (Andrew Bailey), while also seeing 2/3 of their starting outfield depart as free agents (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus). But then, something funny happened: the A's played solid baseball...
The 2012 A's were filled with players that were x-factors. Did anyone think that Brandon Moss would stake a claim to the first base job and become one of the best sluggers in the league? Did anyone think that Josh Reddick, a guy who was a part-time player in Boston in 2011, would become one of the more beloved and dangerous players on the A's? Hell, did anyone think that...
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