Being an A's fan I just want to say, YEAH! A's all the way for 2010!!!!!!!!! But in all consciousness, I can not say that with certainty or honesty. I love my A's but this probably is not the season for them to go all the way. It will be the season to prove to themselves that this rebuilding phase is working, and finally coming to a halt as we reassert our dominance in the Division.
I'm call this a tie with the Rangers because this Division will be so close that we are bound to have a tie somewhere and based on last season and the feelings about all 4 teams heading into this one, this is where it will happen.
No matter what other articles predicting the AL may say, the A's bullpen and starting 5 will be a force to be reckoned with. Our bullpen is, in my not so humble opinion, the best in the AL if not the ML. When you have Joey Devine competing for the set up spot, you know your bullpen is ballin'. The only minor concern would be a long relief man, but with our overabundance of at least passable starting pitching talent, we should have no problems there. If injury free (knocking on wood a million times) the A's starting 5 will be one powerhouse of a pitching rotation.
Our defense, with recent trade acquisitions, has improved upon its self. Our speed will be used well. Our lineup....... is lacking power. Kurt Suzuki is the most underrated catcher in the game today, but he can not take on opposing pitchers all by himself. As has been repeated millions of times before in the A's B/R Community, once we get Taylor and Carter up something might change. But until then, we have to be content with a close Division, and keep our sights set on the horizons.