1. Re-Evaluating the Oakland Athletics' Odds of Winning the Division

    Before the season began, I predicted the Oakland Athletics would win 92 games and just miss the playoffs. After two months and a chance to re-evaluate, the odds to win the division are better, but only barely...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 3,064 reads 6 comments

  2. Oakland Athletics Prospects: B/R's Top 15 Breakdown, Post 2013 Draft

    There's a whole new crop of Oakland Athletics prospects, but are any of them the next Addison Russell, who skipped to the top of the list as soon as he arrived? Here's the long and short of it: No...

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  3. How Can the Oakland A's Take over the Bay Area from the S.F. Giants?

    Once upon a time, California's Bay Area belonged to the Oakland A's, and though the road back is difficult and in the distant future, it is possible to once again take back No. 1 status from the San Francisco Giants ...

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  4. 10 Improvements the Oakland A's Could Make to Bolster Postseason Chances

    There's just not a more simple way of saying it: if the Oakland A's want to reach the postseason, they're going to have to improve in a few areas. Unfortunately, a change in one facet won't make the A's playoff contenders...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 1,253 reads 3 comments

  5. First-Quarter Grades for the Oakland Athletics

    After 41 games, the Oakland Athletics are succeeding in three areas of the game, but they're also in danger of failing in three other facets...

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  6. 10 Signs the Oakland Athletics Are Destined to Reach the Playoffs

    Consult your crystal ball, the local psychic or a Ouija board and they'll all tell you the same—the Oakland Athletics are headed for their second consecutive postseason. How can you not see the signs? They're aplenty...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 2,053 reads 9 comments

  7. April Report Cards for Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects

    After one month of baseball, some lower-rated Oakland Athletics prospects are making baseball look ridiculously easy while one of the top three guys might wish to remove April from his memory...

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  8. 4 Reasons the Oakland Athletics Are Headed for Best Season in Billy Beane Era

    The 2013 season has the potential to be one of the most exciting seasons in Oakland Athletics history since Billy Beane took over as general manager. Beane has led the A's since the 1998 season...

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  9. Selecting Oakland Athletics' All-Time Dream Team

    If the Oakland Athletics put together a dream team of the best player they've ever had at each position, who would start on that team? Some of the answers might surprise you. The Athletics have called Oakland home since 1968...

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  10. Oakland A's: Odds That Each 25-Man Roster Player Will Stay for 2014

    The Oakland A's have a young and talented roster built for years of success - if they stick around. A's management - specifically the one played by Brad Pitt in movies - is not one to shy away from trades...

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  11. 1 Bold Prediction for Every Player on the Oakland A's 25-Man Roster

    This time last year I boldly predicted the Oakland A's would win the AL West . This year, it's not bold enough to call for a repeat (or is it?), so let's individualize a prediction for each player on the active roster...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 2,292 reads 6 comments

  12. Predicting Oakland A's Team Awards for 2013

    What if each of Major League Baseball's awards were given out to every team—who would end 2013 as the Oakland A's Most Valuable Player? Who would be their Cy Young winner? What ...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 388 reads 8 comments

  13. Predicting the Oakland Athletics' Regular Season Record

    The Oakland Athletics are going to win fewer games in 2013, but fear not—they'll only miss equaling 2012's mark by a few games. Predicting a regular season record can be difficult...

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  14. Ranking the Best Possible Infield Combos for the Oakland Athletics in 2013

    With 10 infielders on the 40-man roster, the Oakland Athletics certainly have options around the horn. But which combination is the best? First base seems clear: Brandon Moss starts, and Daric Barton will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about over 1 year ago 2,156 reads 8 comments

  15. Oakland Athletics' Top Storylines at the Start of Spring Training

    The Oakland Athletics won't have some ho-hum spring training in 2013. Nay, this year begins with plenty of action and excitement in the form of players earning roster spots and position battles...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 3,247 reads 6 comments

  16. 4 Possible Oakland Athletics Starting Lineups After the Jed Lowrie Trade

    With the additions of Jed Lowrie and Chris Young and the plug-and-play system still in effect from last year, the Oakland Athletics have a myriad of options when it comes to the lineup...

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  17. Reasons the Oakland Athletics' Defense Will Be the AL West's Best in 2013

    The Oakland Athletics aren't known as a defensively gifted team, but motivation and experience will lead to better play in the field—something they must have to repeat as AL West champions...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 1,330 reads 2 comments

  18. Reasons the Oakland Athletics Offense Will Be Better in 2013

    If you were shocked by the production the Oakland Athletics finished 2012 with, you might also be surprised when they end 2013 even better. The A's were in the top 10 in home runs, walks and stolen bases last season...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 2,733 reads 7 comments

  19. 9 Reasons Bob Melvin Is the Key to the Oakland Athletics' Success

    A repeat as AL West champions for the Oakland Athletics starts with manager Bob Melvin . Without him at the helm, it's not happening this year and it wouldn't have occurred last season either...

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  20. 4 Reasons Hiroyuki Nakajima Will Win the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Award

    Oakland A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is going to win the 2013 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Say that again? Sure. Oakland A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is going to win the 2013 A...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 5,001 reads 12 comments

  21. Super Bowl 2013: Top Storyline for Each Potential Matchup

    The Divisional Round finished and the Conference Championship Weekend is around the corner, regardless of who advances to the 2013 Super Bowl, each matchup features a proverbial "dead horse" storyline that fans and the media will beat anyway...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 3,559 reads 1 comments

  22. Comparing the Oakland Athletics' Pitching Staff to the Angels' Staff

    Though the Los Angeles Angels now have one of scariest offenses in the game, the race for the AL West may come down to pitching, which is exactly how the Oakland Athletics won the division in 2012...

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  23. Oakland Athletics: Players Who Will Be Even Better in 2013

    Given the ages of many of the Oakland Athletics players, it would be all too easy (and optimistic) to say that all of them will be better in 2013...

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  24. Oakland Athletics' Big Offseason Questions That Still Need to Be Answered

    Though the Oakland Athletics answered their biggest offseason questions—who plays shortstop and which free agents will be re-signed—there are a few that remain unanswered...

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  25. Oakland A's: 5 Gifts on Billy Beane's Christmas Wish List

    If you were Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane , what would you put on your Christmas wish list? The 50-year-old with three children will likely get a slew of ties, dress shirts, socks and tools...

    Nick Houser Written by Nick Houser about almost 2 years ago 13,186 reads 2 comments