Is the 2011 Oakland Athletics Lineup Better Than the 2006 ALCS Runner-Up Team?

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Is the 2011 Oakland Athletics Lineup Better Than the 2006 ALCS Runner-Up Team?
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With A's owner Lew Wolfe on record as saying he believes the 2011 A's team is better than the 2006 team which won the American League West, I decided to take a look at both teams and see how they compare against each other.

With not a single at-bat this season, not even a Cactus League game yet this spring, it is hard to truly compare the current roster with the 93-win team from 2006.

Just for the sake of comparison, we'll use the 2011 Bill James Projections from fangraphs.com to see how the two rosters stack up.

What do you think? Will the 2011 Oakland A's fare better than the most successful A's team since our 1989 World Series Championship team? I definitely look forward to your feedback and input.

This will be part 1 of 3 with a rotation analysis and bullpen analysis following up over the weekend and into next week.

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