I do not want to write this without omitting the contribution Bartolo Colon made to the 2012 Oakland A's. Whether he was clean or dirty throughout the year, no one knows, and frankly, I do not care.
His 10 wins were tops on the team before Major League Baseball suspended him for the remainder of the 2012 regular season (50 games total). But that said, Colon was the most consistent pitcher on the A's staff until last Wednesday.
Sadly, we can only speculate as to how much of that was due to performance enhancing drugs. There is no doubt, however, that his loss created a void in the A's rotation. That was evident as Oakland was forced to start Tyson Ross against Tampa Bay, and he was predictably shelled.
That all said, we are not here to talk about Colon or Ross. The person in question right now is the meteoric Dan Straily.
Sent down to make room Brett Anderson, Straily will be back up as soon as he is eligible (August 30th). As such, I fully expect him to be the person to step in to Colon's spot in the rotation.
The quintet of Anderson, McCarthy, Milone, Parker and Straily will be leaned on to help the A's make a push towards an improbable playoff berth.
I fully expect Straily to be able to hold up his end of the deal. And here are my reasons why.