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It's Milone who leads the staff so far this year.
OK, so it looks bad now. But there's signs of rebound. And if that happens, this team will start blowing teams away with its talent.
The first thing to remember is Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone won 13 games each in their rookie season. They know how to pitch.
Brett Anderson is the No. 1 guy, for now. Looking at advanced stats such as home run to flyball rate (HR/FB) and batting average on balls in play (BABIP), they're both awfully high. But both numbers deviate from his career numbers by an absurd amount, indicating he's likely to turn things around.
Essentially, as poorly as he's pitching, there's no where to go but up.
And though his ERA is 7.23, his fielding independent pitching (FIP) is 4.28. FIP is a better indicator of pitching efficiency than ERA, predicting how well (or not) a pitcher should do. The 4.28 rating is below average still, but it's not awful.
While Anderson's near five walks per nine innings is of concern, he's also striking out nine batters per nine innings.
Milone, A.J. Griffin and Bartolo Colon look like they've picked up right where they left off last year. Each of these men own an amazing stat.
Milone is striking out nearly eight per nine innings. He also leaves three-quarters of baserunners stranded. Colon is walking, well, no one really. The number per nine is 0.24—just phenomenal. Griffin strands runners on base as well as Milone, and batters are only hitting .236 against him.
There's no nice way to say Parker is struggling. But again, like Anderson, he's so close to rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up.
Dan Straily is a great fill-in.
His ERA is 5.94, but that's very deceiving. He's pitched two quality games—one against the Yankees—and one really bad game. It's hard to fault the guy for giving up six runs to the Angels. Especially since he struck out six in four innings and only walked one.
The A's have great pitching.
Three-fifths of the starters give the team an above-average chance of winning every time they take the hill. The two who are struggling are considered their top two guys. They'll have to rebound at some point. And a sixth option is as good as any No. 5 starter, and even some No. 4 guys.
The signs show a turnaround is coming.