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Author: Domingoknife Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 52801  
Subject: Re: It was the Yogi call that did it Date: 12/7/2001 12:30 PM
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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 scored
12th in slugging %
12th in OPS
12th in RBI

However, look at their team pitching stats:

1st in ERA
t-2nd in shutouts
3rd in hits allowed
1st in runs and earned runs
3rd in WHIP

Granted, 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.

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