or maybe your blanket statement doesn't hold in all cases? maybe oakland has proved that they are
capable of winning with hudson out for a good long while and mulder posting an ERA in the 6s (over twice, FWIW, blanton's thus far
you want to know who led the "charge" last year? it was a fellow named harden, and he's still around. and if you don't think their offense this year is at least as good as it was last year, you're too far gone for help. i'm not really sure how you can assume that the As won't make the playoffs this year given that they've proven they can win without mulder and hudson playing well/at all and that they have upgraded their offense.