BIG mistake - HUGE. A's pitching probably best in baseball next year, but without Giambi's offense - no chance. Perhaps not--just look at the Braves for essentially the past 12 years. Generally, they've not been a huge-hitting team. For example, this year the Braves were ranked (in the NL):13th in runs scored12th in slugging %12th in OPS12th in RBIHowever, look at their team pitching stats:1st in ERAt-2nd in shutouts3rd in hits allowed1st in runs and earned runs3rd in WHIPGranted, we're talking the difference between AL and NL, but the Braves made it to the NLCS. The A's have a lot of great young bats. Will Giambi be missed? Of course--he's a huge run producer. But the number of quality starting pitchers in all of baseball is minimal, and the A's have 3 above-average to great starting pitchers. They might not drop off as much as you may think.DK
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