Originally written February 15, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
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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