Oakland Athletics 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: Bob Melvin (3rd Season)
2012 Record: 94-68 (1st in AL West)
Key Additions: SS Jed Lowrie, C John Jaso, OF Chris Young, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima,
Key Losses: SS Stephen Drew, P Brandon McCarthy, 3B Brandon Inge, DH Jonny Gomes
2013 Outlook: Oakland’s magical 2012 season will be hard to duplicate. Billy Beane put together a great lineup that out performed expectations by winning the AL West. The road will be much tougher in 2013. The A’s offseason moves brought in good talent, but not enough to replace what they lost via free agency.
This is still a very good, young team. Manager Bob Melvin will be able to count on RF Josh Reddick, LF Yoenis Cespedes, and 1B Brandon Moss to carry the teams offensive load. The trio combined for 76 home runs last year, and there is potential to get even better at the plate. The Oakland Athletics also have a great team in the field with CF Coco Crisp patrolling the outfield and a solid infield.
Pitching is the major area of concern for Oakland in 2013. Only three of the seven possible starters for the Athletics hit the 100 innings pitched mark. There is a ton of youth in the rotation, and in a division that includes big bats like Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and others, Oakland could get knocked around considerably.
Expect Oakland to remain a competitive team, but to finish third in the AL West. No post season for the Oakland Ahtletics, as the inexperience in their rotation will prevent a legitimate run. This team has offensive pop, but not enough to overcome the runs they will give up.