1. Oakland A's Pitcher Trevor Cahill's Dramatic Improvement

    It was pretty well known around here last season that I was not a fan of A's righthander Trevor Cahill. That wasn't so much because I didn't think the former top prospect had great potential...

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  2. 2010 MLB Draft Results: With Michael Choice, Oakland A's Strike Gold

    Good Choice, A's. Haha, yeah, pun intended... I'm certainly not the first to use wordplay after the Oakland Athletics' selection of UT-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice with the tenth pick of the first round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft...

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  3. Recapping the Oakland Athletics' May 2010

    The A's had a pretty successful month of May, going 16-12 and ending the month 28-24, one game ahead of the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West division. A lot has changed about the team in May, some for the good, some for the bad...

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  4. Five Keys to the Oakland Athletics' Short-Term Success

    One of my pet peeves with baseball analysis is when commentators discuss a team that just missed the playoffs and attribute their missing out on losing games in September. Games count just as much now as they do in September, though...

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  5. Five Reactions to the Oakland Athletics' Roster Selections

    With Opening Day now behind us, rosters for the season are now set. The A's finalized their 25-man roster two days ago. I didn't agree with everything they did, but overall, they did a strong job of picking the best players...

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  6. Here's a Thought: Analyzing the Texas Rangers' Bullpen

    I'm concluding my look at the four AL West bullpens with Texas. Inside are analyses of 13 relievers (there's a lot of competition for relief slots): Frank Francisco Neftali Feliz Darren O'Day Darren Oliver C...

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  7. Here's a Thought: Analyzing the Los Angeles Angels' Bullpen

    I've already taken a look at the strong bullpens of Seattle and Oakland. The Angels' bullpen is less set than either the Mariners' or the Athletics', however...

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  8. Here's a Thought: Analyzing the Oakland Athletics' Bullpen

    In my last article, I looked at the Mariners bullpen candidates. Continuing my tour of the AL West bullpens, here's a look at the following nine A's bullpen possibilities: Andrew Bailey Joey ...

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  9. Here's a Thought: Analyzing the Seattle Mariners' Bullpen

    I've already analyzed each AL West team's rotation. Now it's time to move on to bullpens. First up is the Seattle Mariners...

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  10. Here's a Thought: Strengths and Weaknesses Of The AL West Rotations

    If you missed my individual team rotation breakdowns, go ahead and check out the Rangers , Angels , A's , and Mariners reports. I'm going to keep my summary here pretty brief, but here's a few comments/things I have noticed...

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  11. Here's a Thought: Grading the Seattle Mariners' Starting Rotation

    My last article looked at the Oakland Athletics' rotation. I gave their group a B+overall. Finally, the last team in my tour of the AL West rotations is the Seattle Mariners...

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  12. Here's a Thought: Grading the Oakland Athletics' Starting Rotation

    My last article looked at the Los Angeles Angels' rotation. I gave their group a B overall. Next up is the Oakland Athletics' rotation, which has the potential to fall anywhere from worst to ...

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  13. Here's a Thought: Grading the Los Angeles Angels' Starting Rotation

    My last article looked at the Texas Rangers' rotation. I gave their group a C+ overall, dragged down mainly by a D rating for Colby Lewis. Next up is the Los Angeles Angels' rotation, an interestingly balanced yet unspectacular group...

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  14. Here's a Thought: Grading the Texas Rangers' Starting Rotation

    My last article predicted the final records for the AL West teams. I came up with this: LA 88-74 Seattle 87-75 Oakland 84-78 Texas 82-80 Obviously, I think it's going to be close...

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  15. Here's a Thought: AL West Season Predictions--Team Records

    The AL West is an interesting division this year. There are four good and well-run teams. The longtime division power (LA) seems to be on the decline, while the other three teams (Texas, Oakland, and Seattle) seem to be rising...

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  16. Here's a Thought: Welcome To the Oakland A's, Steve Tolleson

    This series just looked at Dana Eveland, recently dropped from the A's 40-man roster and traded to Toronto; so now it's only fitting to look at Steve Tolleson, claimed off waivers from Minnesota and recently added to the 40-man...

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  17. Here's a Thought: Oakland A's Trade Dana Eveland To Toronto Blue Jays

    Before I begin, I'd like to offer a quick apology for not posting the last two weeks. This was caused by two things: 1.) My computer got a really bad virus infection, causing me to have to wipe all my files and start over...

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  18. Here's a Thought: Analyzing The Oakland Athletics' Signing of Ben Sheets

    The A's, as you've probably heard by now, made their biggest signing of the offseason two days ago, inking former Brewers RHP Ben Sheets to a 1-year-, $10 million deal...

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  19. Here's a Thought: The Quad-A Watch--Mitch Jones

    Earlier articles in the Quad-A series: Indians LF/1B Jordan BrownBraves IF Wes TimmonsMarlins RHRP Scott StricklandPhillies 1B/3B Andy Tracy Also, I'll re-link to my 2008 post about Quad-A, ...

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  20. Here's A Thought: Five Players Who Can Make or Break the Oakland Athletics' 2010 Season

    As the A's prepare for the 2010 season, they have an outside chance at competing for the playoffs. A lot will have to go right for that goal to be attained, however...

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  21. Here's a Thought: The Quad-A Watch--Andy Tracy

    Earlier articles in the Quad-A series: Indians LF/1B Jordan BrownBraves IF Wes TimmonsMarlins RHRP Scott Strickland Also, I'll re-link to my 2008 post about Quad-A, for those unfamiliar with ...

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  22. Here's a Thought: The Quad-A Watch--Scott Strickland

    This is my third installment in the "Quad-A Watch" series, following pieces on Cleveland outfielder Jordan Brown and Atlanta infielder Wes Timmons ...

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  23. Here's a Thought: The Quad-A Watch—Wes Timmons

    Yesterday, I began my "Quad-A Watch" series looking at Cleveland 1B/LF Jordan Brown, who led the International League in batting average last year...

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  24. Here's a Thought: The Quad-A Watch-Jordan Brown

    Probably my biggest pet peeve in baseball is when players are given the Quad-A designation: they are deemed not worthy of the majors for no tangible reason when all statistical indicators predict success there...

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  25. Here's a Thought: Could Brett Anderson Be 2010's Best Starting Pitcher?

    There's no doubt in my mind that those who have not read other articles of mine will likely see the title of this article and dismiss me as an A's fan with a pretty distorted view of baseball...

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