yes, the A's will have a tougher time with the Angels. they were tough to pitch around once Pujols got going, but now their lineup with Hamilton batting clean-up with Pujols is a lot tougher. unfortunately, Hamilton won't have nearly as tough of a time "adjusting" as Pujols did.
Hamilton's career at Angels stadium is .260/.325/.440. i'm certain those numbers will go up batting next to Pujols and if Trumbo can continue doing what he did the last two seasons.
Like BeaneBall said, offense was not their problem in 2012. They've essentially just made their good offense better, while letting their rotation fall apart. Wilson will also be up in the air re: his availability at the start of Spring Training. Blanton is no replacement for his former 'New Big Three' teammate Haren.
Their bullpen also stunk, but they have improved that dramatically.
Besides, when have the Angels NOT been a challenge for the A's or for any team in the AL? It's been over 10 years.
Dicey: Many here who doubted the Angels pitching staff... Just got a shock... Great trade for the Angels... And they have the money to make things better too.. Think Angels will add another bat for bench... They may sluff a pitcher now... Richards??? .... Might get a real good position player for him
Dicey brave post on this MB regarding the A's... Regression a big possibility... They have a decent chance at 2nd though IMO... I think, the A's have a good team... We must address the catcher, pray we hang close early and are injury free...
What made the Giants win the world series? A: pitching
Which player (singluar) on the Tigers took Oakland out of post season? A:Verlander, a pitcher.
I think people continue to highly overestimate offense in baseball. In particular individual players offense. It's so incredibly difficult to score runs against good pitching. Especially good pitching depth late in the season when there are injuries.
Pitching, Scutaro, Pagan, Buster , Sandoval and Bochy.
Pitching, Cabrera and Fielder.
Good post flamingpen! I'm trying to believe that the fans will show up like they did the last mo of the season, but idk if that'll happen or not. I'm pessimistic they will but the team deserves real support.
Of those 4 SF players you mention, only Panda actually had above average numbers in the WS.
Cabrera batted .250 in the ALDS, Fielder was .190.
So I assume you were agreeing with me?
Panda dismantled Verlander in game 1 and that was that.
point taken and I agree but the World Series was won by a hitter vs. the best pitcher in the game.