Friday, April 1, 2011

Young and Promising A's

The Oakland Athletics who have been on the short-end of the postseason stick for the last four MLB seasons are looking to turn their misfortunes around, starting with the 2011 season. Their most notable players are pitching phenoms Trevor Cahill (23), Brett Anderson (23) and Gio Gonzalez (25).

Oakland has given the go-ahead nod to pitch on opening day against the Florida Mariners to the 6-foot-4 right-hander Cahill. Despite the immense pressure of starting on opening day, Cahill has made it clear that he does not feel the extra heat that opening day baseball brings with it, according to the MLB website.

Cahill had a tremendous 2010 season. He started 30 games, produced a 18-8 record and threw for a career-best 2.97 ERA.

His pitching mates, Anderson (projected starting pitcher on Apr. 2) and Gonzalez (projected pitcher on Apr. 3) are both left-handers who had promising pitching numbers last season.

Anderson threw for a career-best 2.80 ERA in 19 starts and finished the season with a 7-6 record. Gonzalez also started 33 games last season and only gave up a career-best 3.23 ERA.

With this potential superstar rotation in Cahill, Anderson and Gonzalez, the Oakland A's can and will surprise a lot of people this season and make a run at entering the postseason after a four-year drought.

8 comments:

  1. Hey Redz who has the best pitching core in the AL

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  2. In my opinion the Tampa Bay Rays have the best 3-man rotation in the AL in Price, Shields and Davis.

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  3. You say that Tampa Bay rays have the best pitching staff in the American League how about in the National League do you think the Phillies have the better pitching staff overall plus who do you think will be in the World Series will it be the Philadelphia Phillies versus the New York Yankees or will it be the Tampa Bay rays.

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  4. The Phillies do have the best pitching rotation in all of baseball, maybe the best in the last few decades. I do think once they get Utley and Lidge back, the Phillies will be in the World Series.

    As far as their opponent, I do not believe either the Yankees or the Rays will be there. I think the Chicago White Sox or the Boston Red Sox will represent the AL in the World Series.

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  5. So you're saying that without Utley or Lidge the Philadelphia Phillies will not make it to the World Series even though they have the best pitching staff in all of baseball.

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  6. No, I am saying they will get to the World Series this year once they get Utley and Lidge back from injuries.

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