Oakland Athletics

A's New Big Three: Not As Big

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27:  Trevor Cahill #53 of the Oakland Athletics rubs a new ball after he gave up a two run home run to Russell Branyan #30 of the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning that also scored Ken Griffey Jr. (in background) at the Oakland Coliseum on May 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Joseph LopezCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

Are Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzaro the next "Big Three?"

Probably so, but are they as good or will they be as good as the original "Big Three" that consisted of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito?

No.

In my opinion they won't be. I do, however, think they will be pretty good. Vin Mazzaro, though he's only pitched one game (which was a fabulous debut), is my favorite of the new trio.

Brett Anderson, however, has been a bit of a disappointment. I know it's still very early and it's his first season in the big leagues, but he's still not that "mature" and "beyond his time" guy that we heard during spring training.

Now, I'm saying these new guys won't be good, because they will be, they just won't be as good as that ridiculous one-two-three of Hudson-Mulder-Zito. I am saying, however, Vin Mazzaro has the stuff to be the "Hudson" of the group.

Mazzaro impressed me in Spring Training, and I felt bad to see him not make the cut back in March.

But he's here now, which completes the new "Big Three" of Anderson-Cahill-Mazzaro.

For the remainder of the season I truly believe that if they're given run support like they've been receiving in the past couple of games, then the A's have a shot in coming back into contention.

But if this new Big Three flops, then A's fans will have to sit through another long summer.

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