Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 19
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.

Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.