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2011 American League West Previews: Athletics

Today’s Focus: OAKLAND ATHLETICS


2010 Record: 81-81 (2nd in Division; 8th Best Record in AL)

2006 was the last time Team Moneyball had a team that finished over .500. Since then, every GM has read and re-read that book. In 2010 the A’s finished at .500 and one would wonder how that happened. Gone are the days of the Bash Brothers, but now the Bay Area gets to enjoy Godzilla! Yeah, I’m sure the Bay Bridge is lovin’ that…

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Old Bay Shuffle: The Fallout

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3 teams. 3 years.  At some point, someone’s gonna be left holding the bag that once contained Vlad the Impaler.

BALTIMORE:

Assuming Vladimir Guerrero stays healthy for majority of the season, he has the ability to produce. He turns 36 in a few days, so at some point he’ll start to run on E. Baltimore took a shot, outbid themselves by about 3-mil, and now has a very underrated lineup that is pretty legit. Hope for the best!

Luke Scott will now move to LF and his value remains the same, although many believe it’s easier to “see the ball” when you actually play and don’t sit on your arse for most of the night; the ole Frank Thomas syndrome.

Felix Pie is now on the bench. In deep-deep leagues he’ll have value as soon as one of Vlad’s knees falls off.

In a signing with much less fanfare, and obviously not important for us to blog about sooner, Justin Duchscherer will be slotted in most probably as the O’s #4.  I’ll be the first to admit, me likes me some DUKE-shur and for the price? Tasty. You’ll remember Justin most for breaking 3 of his 11 hips doing the “Moneyball Dance.” Anyway, I am buying for the back-end of my rotation – solid peripherals.

Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta will battle it out in Spring Training to determine the O’s #5 starter, otherwise known as the “O’s Starter Most Likely to be Beat like a Red-Headed Step-Child by the Yankees and Sawx.”