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Even if they remain far out of contention, they'll be an exciting team to watch come July. There are several attractive veterans and we know Billy Beane isn't shy about trading. So we'll just be watching the news wire instead of the games.
The A's are 2-13 in one-run games, which is brutal, but the good news is, they've won one of those in a row.
It's a bad mix right now, but is anyone noticing the year Stephen Vogt is putting together? Wow.
They have four saves and five blown saves, which is just miserable, but keep in mind that Sean Doolittle could be back by the end of May.
In an amazing oddity, seven of their 21 games have been decided by seven runs or more, with the A's going 5-2 in those games. They've won 12-0 and 10-0 but lost 14-1 and 10-1. Thanks to longtime reader Paul for bringing this to my attention a few weeks ago.
So my prediction about Billy Butler being a bust in Oakland isn't going well (See, I'm accountable!).
Chances to stick: This seems about right, doesn't it? They'll scratch and claw their way to the 80s in wins, somehow, and they may even make a playoff run once they start getting pitchers back (such as A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker -- remember them?).
Overreaction: Once the ecstasy of the fluky game one wore off, the A's real offense showed its head against a lackluster Rangers pitching staff Tuesday.
The A's didn't use a single batting order more than three times last season, which is amazing. Look at the roster now with all the platoon and multi-position guys and it looks like Bob Melvin will have a similarly variable lineup this season.
I love that Billy Beane is proactive and isn't the least bit scared to pull off a bevy of moves, even if they're unpopular. What I don't love is how the roster looks for 2015.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGStephen Vogt , C.324
HRStephen Vogt , C10
RBIStephen Vogt , C35
OBPStephen Vogt , C.419
SLGStephen Vogt , C.606
RMarcus Semien , SS25
SBBilly Burns , CF7
WSonny Gray , SP6
ERASonny Gray , SP1.82
WHIPSonny Gray , SP0.97
KSonny Gray , SP66
SVTyler Clippard , RP6

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