Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Lowrie’s .330 average against the Yankee is his highest average against any American League opponent.   Threat Level: 8 Oakland winning the AL West in 2012 is a classic example of David beating Goliath, except this David had to beat TWO Goliaths en route to the division crown. The A’s finished ahead of the Rangers and Angels, two teams that dwarf the A’s payroll, but payroll is not everything. The A’s showed amazing grit as they overcame the Rangers in the last week of the season and almost overcame a 2-0 deficit against the Tigers in the Wild Card round. Bob Melvin did a great job all season, but they will not have the luxury of sneaking up on anybody in 2013. I’m not sure they care though. They may not have a roster full of All-Stars, but they do have one of the deepest rosters in the game. The “moneyball” thinking of Billy Beane changed how general managers thought about signing players, but 2012 showed that Mr. Moneyball himself is still the best. Do not count out the A’s in 201...
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