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Postby Warpigs » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:20 am

After a number of spring training games, what are your predictions for Oakland's five starters, in order?
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Postby lbcnjk » Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:22 pm

Zito
Harden
Haren
Blanton
Meyer
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Postby agchris02 » Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:29 pm

Harden
Zito

other than that, the same
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Postby baseballnewb » Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:34 pm

I think Meyer will start in the minors, he's been just dreadful this spring and hasn't had enough AAA experience to begin with. I think at some point he'll be the #5 though.
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Postby ensanimal » Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:50 pm

zito
harden
haren
blanton

are pretty much set. everything i've read recently has meyer starting in AAA, he hasn't shown he's ready yet. i'd say etherton gets the 5th spot for now.
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Postby donny23 » Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:19 pm

Well, in terms of their spot in the rotation it is Zito then Harden. In terms of final stats, I'd say Zito, Harden, Haren, Blanton, Meyers (once he gets called up).

agchris02 wrote:Harden
Zito

other than that, the same
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Postby mikegp » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:08 pm

Does anyone think that there is a chance Juan Cruz will get a shot in the rotation? From what I've heard he won't, but not sure if anyone in Oakland has heard differently.
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Postby ensanimal » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:19 pm

mikegp wrote:Does anyone think that there is a chance Juan Cruz will get a shot in the rotation? From what I've heard he won't, but not sure if anyone in Oakland has heard differently.



everything i've heard is he's in the bullpen, even though he may be the best suited for the 5th spot. :-?
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Postby so0perspam » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:22 pm

ensanimal wrote:
mikegp wrote:Does anyone think that there is a chance Juan Cruz will get a shot in the rotation? From what I've heard he won't, but not sure if anyone in Oakland has heard differently.



everything i've heard is he's in the bullpen, even though he may be the best suited for the 5th spot. :-?


Agreed.

Juan Cruz fanned five while allowing one run in three innings today in his longest outing of the spring.
We still think Cruz would be the best candidate to be the A's fifth starter, but it's not going to happen. It's expected that he'll help set up Octavio Dotel.
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Postby LBJackal » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:28 pm

The rotation includes Zito, Harden, Blanton, Meyer, and Haren. Yabu had a spot for a short time but since he's sucked big time in ST it's been given back to Meyer. As for the order, I'm not sure. Sometimes teams tweak it so that it's not neccesarily best-to-worst, such as the Jays putting Gustavo Chacin at #2 and having Bush and Lilly, clearly our 2nd and 3rd best pitchers, at #4 and #5. Lilly is at the end because of injury but Bush is probably our #2 in terms of skill although he's being saved to face Boston as opposed to TB.
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