Oakland Athletics: Forecasting the Team's Offense in 2012

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Oakland Athletics: Forecasting the Team's Offense in 2012
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During the last week of March, most Major League Baseball teams are still ironing out their rosters, evaluating players and determining key position battles in preparation for Opening Day. Lineups are brainstormed and pitching rotations are beginning to fall in order.

For the Oakland Athletics, however, all personnel housekeeping is already set in stone, as the team prepares for its season opener next Wednesday, March 28th, against the Seattle Mariners, in Tokyo, Japan.

While the rest of the MLB has a bit more leeway to begin their seasons, the A’s—and Mariners—must ramp up their preparedness for Opening Day. Earlier this week, Oakland announced its roster for the team’s trip to Japan. Because the season opener is earlier than all other teams, both Seattle and Oakland are allowed to bring 27 players instead of the 25 that is the normal maximum.

Within the next couple of days, the A’s will look to solidify their starting lineup and batting order, not just for Opening Day, but also (hopefully) for the rest of the season.

As the Athletics’ season opener rapidly approaches, let’s forecast how the team’s offense will look for the 2012 campaign.

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