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.