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Pitching, pitching, and more young pitching
Is it possible for a team to win on just pure pitching? The Oakland A's 2011 season will be a prime example for that. For a team that has absolutely no big name hitters, their pitching can make up for it and then some.
None of the A's pitchers are big names either, but all of them combine to be one of the top rotations in the league. In 2010, they were tied for third in the league with a combined 3.56 ERA. This young staff will follow the Oakland A's teams earlier last decade, leading them to numerous playoff appearances.
A team who's fourth starter threw a perfect game must be in very good shape. And the scary part is, neither Cahill, Anderson, Gonzalez, Braden, or injured Josh Outman have reached the primes of their careers.
The bullpen is rock solid with closer Andrew Bailey and his 1.47 ERA in charge. The A's just need the slightest bit of hitting, and even if they don't get it, they have a very good chance of being a dynasty in years to come, starting in 2011.
The Texas Rangers' hitting looked really good this year, but they are most likely without ace Cliff Lee next year. Their pitching will really struggle in 2011, and the A's great pitching will neutralize the Rangers hitting.
The A's will follow in their cross-town rival San Francisco Giants footsteps, building a rotation that will handle everything that they need.
93 Wins, 69 Losses, First Place in the AL West