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Oakland Athletics: Forecasting the Team's Pitching in 2012
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Cue the band and the television intro music: Are you ready for some baseball!?

Yes, most Major League Baseball teams are still finalizing their rosters, evaluating players and determining key position battles in preparation for Opening Day. Lineups are being brainstormed and pitching rotations are beginning to fall in order.

But, for the Oakland Athletics, all personnel housekeeping has to be set in stone now. After all, the team prepares for its season opener this Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, in Tokyo, Japan.

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

The final countdown is approaching. Over the next couple of days, the A’s will look to nail down their starting lineup and batting order for Opening Day. While there are some kinks to iron out, they’ve figured out who the key components are for their 2012 season.

As the Athletics’ season opener rapidly approaches, the team can only project what’s in store for the rest of the year. While it’s hard to determine exactly how they’ll perform offensively, defensively and on the mound, given their current roster, we’ll attempt to forecast how the team’s pitching will look for the 2012 campaign.

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