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Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:17 pm
 
Brandon McCarthy

By C. Trent Rosecrans


With Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez gone, Brandon McCarthy will be the A's starter on opening day in Tokyo against the Mariners, manager Bob Melvin said during the team's FanFest on Sunday.

McCarthy, 28, could be the only returning starter from last year's Oakland rotation after the offseason trades of Cahill and Gonzalez. McCarthy was 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 2011, striking out 123 in 170 2/3 innings and 25 starts. He threw five complete games and posted a 1.131 WHIP.

"That would be a lot of fun," McCarthy told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle when told of Melvin's statement that he'd likely start the first game of the season. "That's one of those notches anyone would like to have."

Newly signed Bartolo Colon will start the other game in Japan, Melvin said. Colon, 38, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the A's after going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA for the Yankees in 2011.

Oakland will play Seattle at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29, before any other games start. Felix Hernandez will most likely get the start for the Mariners.

In addition to the trades of Cahill and Gonzalez, the team lost Rich Harden and traded Guillermo Moscoso.

The A's could round out their rotation with youngsters Brad Peacock, Tom Milone and Jarrod Parker.  Oakland picked up the first two in the trade of Gonzalez to the Nationals and Parker came over in the Cahill trade with Arizona.

Another starter, Dallas Braden, will throw off the mound on Monday for the first time since shoulder surgery, he told Slusser. Braden compared Monday's session of 25 fastballs to Christmas -- "Get to bed early, leave cookies and milk on the table, see what happens."

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Comments

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

What happened to Brett Anderson?




Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

What happened to Brett Anderson?




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

Because we are actual fans. I am not saying you or others are not, but bandwagon syndrome is more common than AIDS these days. I have been a fan for as long as i can remember and will always be one. If people do not watch then they simply are not fans of the team




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:31 am
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

A's are hurtin!



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:18 am
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

I agree...they HAD a good pitching staff but it has been destroyed...the Rangers are licking their chops waiting for their series.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:09 am
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

Now that this is out of the way the A's can now turn their focus to college and high school baseball to figure out who to draft with the #1 or #2 pick in the 2013 amateur draft as they certainly will have a top two pick.  Off the top of my head I cannot think of another team that looks as bad (on paper) as the A's other than the Astros.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Brandon McCarthy likely to start opener for A's

 No offense to A's fans... but what keeps you tuning in every year? The team just gutted more starters and still expect people to show up and watch their games. McCarthy is a decent pitcher, but he's the 3rd or 4th starter on most other decent teams in the league. I just dont know how the owners can field such a penny pinching shitty team and still pretend like they are trying to field a winner. Sell the damn team already. Sadly, this what happens when you have no salary cap and floor. Teams like the Yanks,Red Sox etc can spend like crazy because they have the ability to generate revenue in their massive market so the lil guys just figure 'why even try'? Pretty sad state of affairs in MLB, and they just signed on the dotted line for more. What is a WS win worth in a 6 or 7 team league? What a joke.


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