MLB Trade Deadline: Post-Deadline Expectations for Oakland Athletics

Kathleen So@@kathleensoCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline: Post-Deadline Expectations for Oakland Athletics

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    Now that the MLB trade deadline has passed, the Oakland Athletics are headed to the playoffs.

    Yes, that’s right. Post-deadline expectations for the A’s include keeping up their surprising 56-46 record and staying on top of the non-division winners.

    The A’s have a few key moves they expect in the second half of the season.

George Kottaras

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    The Oakland A’s recently traded for catcher George Kottaras from the Milwaukee Brewers.

    The Athletics will expect Kottaras to deliver as they situate him in their regular batting rotation.

    Per the Associated Press via

    “Kottaras hit .209 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 58 games with Milwaukee this season...with 29 walks, Kottaras had an OBP of .409 with the Brewers in 2012.”

    The Athletics are expecting Kottaras to pick up the A’s style of play pretty quickly and get right into the swing of things.

    It’ll help to have him warming up pitchers in the bullpen and eventually get him at bat.

Wild Card Spot

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    The Oakland Athletics have a 56-46 record and are the second best team in the American League aside from the division winners. That’s a big change from past seasons.

    If the season ended today, the A’s would have clinched a wild card playoff spot now that the MLB has extended the wild card system.

    The A’s are not without a few slip ups here and there, like their crushing 8-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. But they have also shown the league a few surprises like sweeping the current league leaders, the New York Yankees, in a four-game series.

    The Athletics are showing some life in them this season and with their surprising performance so far, the team should definitely expect a wild card spot in the playoffs.

Bigger Effort

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    The Athletics had a red-hot July, showing some of their best potential in a very long time.

    But the A's need to make a bigger effort going into August and September. Holding the second best record of non-division winners is great so far...but the second half of the season just started.

    There’s still a lot of time left. And yes, the A’s have a lot of potential, but they have a lot of holes as well. The A’s need help with their batting.

    Right now, A’s fans are holding their breaths and the rest of the league is wondering if this is a one-time thing for the Athletics this season.

    If the Athletics stay in the game as wild card contenders going into September, A’s fans will be elated and everyone else will be surprised.

Tommy Milone

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    Tommy Milone has been a fairly consistent pitcher for the Athletics for the first half of the season.

    His record is 9-7 and has an ERA of 3.51, which is actually pretty good for a rookie. So far, he has only given up more than four runs in three appearances on the mound.

    And he’s been pitching between five and seven innings per game.

    The Athletics will expect consistent pitching from Milone as the season progresses post-deadline.