A dominant Oakland pitching corps is back in Oakland for the first time since the original big three of Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito were around way back in 2000-2004.
Back then the A's were consistent playoff contenders and were always feared when any of these three pitchers were on the mound. That memory is long gone in the city of Oakland; however, there are three young pitchers that can bring the magic back.
The pitching corps of Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker and Brandon McCarthy have a combined record of 21-13 with an average ERA of 3.08. They are dominant when they take the mound and are healthy. They are the future of Oakland A's pitching.
Let's take a look at each of these pitchers and see what they bring to the team.
Tommy Milone has one of the best home records in the league. He's 5-1 at home, has a microscopic 1.03 ERA and has only allowed one home run all season.
The Coliseum seems to be the place that Milone can lull the batters to sleep with his fastballs and then finish them off with his changeup. Milone's changeup is so dominant at home that the entire league has just six hits against it at the Coliseum.
In his first year with the Athletics, Jarrod Parker is 6-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 15 starts. He's been a little shaky recently but the A's bats have been there to back him up.
Back in June, Parker held the Texas Rangers, who had the most potent offense in the league at the time, hitless through seven straight innings. Parker's biggest asset is his 4-seam fastball that averages around 93 mph that he throws about 50 percent of the time.
He likes to blow the batters away with the speed and positioning of the fastball, which is usually high and inside for lefties while it's high and outside for righties. His two-seam fastball sails in the low 90s while his changeup comes creeping past batters a little past 80 mph.
Oh and don't forget, he's already had Tommy John surgery. This kid can pitch.
Before he went on the DL, Brandon McCarthy was the ace on the A's pitching roster, going 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA. McCarthy is a beast on the mound, standing at 6'7" and a little over 200 pounds.
In 2011, McCarthy had an A's record 4.92 K/BB ratio and was third in the AL in pitches per inning with 14.6. Now that's a proficient pitcher.
McCarthy threw some pitches this past Wednesday and hopes to be off the DL soon. With only six years of experience under his belt, McCarthy can be a staple of the A's organization for a long time.
The new Big Three for the A's have different faces and names but they all bring the same thing that the original three did. They can each dominate their own game and don't need a lot of help with the bats. These three aces will be the key to the A's playoff run going into the second half of the season.
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