The A's led the AL in starting rotation ERA last season and should be even better this year.
Brett Anderson is also only 23 and looked dominant in several stretches last season. Injuries held him to only 19 starts, but he had a sparkling 2.80 ERA in 112 1/3 innings. Dallas Braden is 27, gets in fights with A-Rod and throws perfect games on Mother's Day. Gio Gonzalez has an awesome name and deals -- had a 3.23 ERA and 171 K last season to go with his 15-9 record.
That top four is going to be among the best in baseball, and it's criminally underrated when it comes to casual fans. Plus, there's variety in terms of power and off-speed, in addition to having two lefties and two righties. Now that the A's have some punch in the lineup, watch out.
In fact, we're revealing staff predictions next week, but I'll say it now: Oakland is winning the AL West this year.
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