skte1ement Posted March 13, 2006 Share Posted March 13, 2006 The Oakland A's start the season wtih a new owner and a raised payroll. With the addition of the big bat of the "big hurt" and Milton Bradley the A's hope to reappear in the playoffs after a 2 year absence. Lew Wolff is hoping the addition to the A's payroll will spur more Athletics fans to attend the games and save the team to moving from San Jose. Meanwhile Billy Beane is focusing on managing a newly improved team. With arguably the best starting pitching staff in the MLB the Athletics hope to finish off a strong season. Starting Rotation Barry Zito hopes to have a strong season in possibly his last season as an Athletic. After starting the season inconsistant last year he finished strong. Rich Harden has a huge upside for the A's and pitched wonderfully last year. Injuries prevented the young star from maybe claiming a Cy Young award. If the pitcher can stay healthy throughout the season he should be a dominant force for the A's. Danny Haren is another great young pitcher. He is due for a breakout year soon and many are saying this will be the year. Haren pitches well with runners on base and has a nasty splitter that he uses as his strike out pitch. The only downside is sometimes he has problems with his control. Joe Blanton had an impressive season rookie season. He has the potentiol to be a great pitcher one day and is probably one of the best 4th pitchers in the league. Former National Estaban Loaiza looks to retain his cy young shape a couple years back and should be a very efficiant innings eater for the Athletics. The strong starting pitching staff seems to be the strength of this deep Athletic team. If any pitchers get injured throughout the season the Athletic's have options in the bullpen that can start in a pinch. Harden has had an especially strong spring training with his fastball consistantly reaching 99 mph. Tommorrow a look will be taken at the Athletics bullpen and infield. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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