In Detail: Oakland Athletics

This is my 13th post in my MLB In Detail post series this April.  The Athletics are in the middle of starting over, but have already acquired some key players and held on to some of their best material.  The Athletics have pieces, just their puzzle hasn’t been put together yet.  They held on to majority of the good guys in the outfield, including Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.  But the infield ha some missing pieces.  They lost Brandon Moss to the Indians and traded Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie, one of the good new additions to the roster.  They also stole Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays.  The biggest changes of all were in pitching, but before we get to that, trading Yoenis Cespedes didn’t do anything for the Athletics.  They let him run free and he ends up being a threat on the Tigers.  Jon Lester is on the Chicago Cubs now, and Jonny Gomes plays for the Atlanta Braves.  Now, back to pitching.  Bartolo Colon is on the Mets now.  Sonny Gray is still there along with Tyler Clippard and Sean Doolittle, even Jarrod Parker.  They also picked up Scott Kazmir from the Indians.  Back to hitting, they even got Billy Butler from the Kansas City Royals and Cody Ross from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Ross is a former Red Sox, from the horrible Fenway 100th anniversary team from 2012.  The Athletics are actually in better shape than I thought they were.  But the A’s have one problem.  That problem is injuries.  Although it’s only temporary and not their entire regular roster, it can cost the A’s numerous wins early on, making for a tough April and May.  That’s one third the season.  They have Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, Sean Nolin and Jarrod Parker left to rest in peace on the disabled list for a month or two.  Those are some of their biggest winning keys, out for possibly one third the season.  My final prediction for the Athletics is near .500 due to the early injuries.  My final prediction for the Athletics is that they will come in 4th lace in the AL West, finishing with an 83-79 record, being ranked 18th overall.  The Athletics are in good shape, if they can ever become healthy again.

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