The Oakland A’s are in a state of change.
After multiple offseason trades that overhauled their roster, the A’s are staring directly at what looks to be a daunting 2012 season. The Rangers and Angels both made upgrades to their rosters, while by all accounts the A’s did not.
However, this does not mean they cannot bounce back from a 74-88 2011 campaign. In fact, despite finishing 14 games under .500, in the second half of the last season they were 35-35.
Maintaining that kind of record for the entire 2012 season is the goal.
There is no disregarding the losses the team sustained, but their departure opens up opportunity for others. If some of their prospects continue to mature, their pitching staff stays healthy and they play to their strengths; they can rebound from last season.
Here are five reasons why Oakland will bounce back from their difficult 2011: