If Mulder and Hudson miss extended time, no way. The A's hitting has been terrible, although Chavez went on a hot stretch and Guillen has been hitting well since being acquired. But, they just won't be able to get it done with guys like Lilly and Halama on the mound with that kind of offense. They relied on Mulder and Hudson to win close games by giving up minimal runs. In some of Hudson's pitching gem games, the A's weren't even good enough to scrap up a few runs to get him a win, which is why he's got so many ND's. I don't know the numbers off the top of my head, but I'm sure the A's haven't fared well with Lilly, Halama, etc. on the mound. It'd really be a shame if these two miss too much time to cause the A's to not make the Playoffs. This really could be the year. Having three legit aces on a team, plus Harden, could get them some rings.