Man, Madison, you have a lot of posts, but it sure doesn't make you smarter. You're a huge f'n stubborn idiot on this issue. Let's be mean and examine your case:
Here's something to consider:
28 games started, 2.84 era, 1.15 whip and only 10 wins.
Yep, that was a major league pitcher last year. To save you the trouble, those are Brandon Webb's numbers with the terrible Diamondbacks lineup behind him last year.
Wow, what a case here. It screams, RANDOM BULLSHIT! Are the DBacks the A's? Of course! That's a great comparison! Then HERE'S something to consider:
2.70 ERA, 16 wins. Oooh, let's play the guessing game. Or not. It's Tim Hudson! So from your impeccable logic this would lead to.. the Oakland offense was 1.6 times better than the 717 runs that Arizona created last year because Hudson got 1.6 times more wins than Webb with the same ERA.
Plenty more flaws that you often find in random bullshit.. but let's go on.
Madison wrote:Right now, Oakland's lineup is non existant except for Chavez. He's good, but he cannot carry an entire team. Even if he starts to, he will be pitched around.
Oakland last year = #1
Oakland this year (minus it's "bats", which is essentially anyone that hits for average and home runs, which is Tejada and Hernandez)
= CRAP.. #4.. previously occupied by the Rangers
Never mind the superb pitching aquisitions of Redman and Rhodes, the A's need their BATS BACK to become #1!
Will Bobby Crosby save the day? No, he's too young, by the time he develops, the Oakland A's will be so used to losing that they'll be smoking crack in the clubhouse.
If we took out Tejada and Hernandez' precious home runs and replaced them with two copies of Scott Hattebergs home runs, the Oakland A's would find themselves in a HUGE jam, with only 152 home runs, on par with the world series champions, the Marlins (since we all love random asinine comparisons). Except the Oakland A's are much, much better.
We'll see how it all plays out.
Madison would love a good gloat at the end of the season if he remembered to do so. Oh, he'd also love to be the GM of the Texas Rangers too, because he's ALL-KNOWING from his laborous posts in an internet forum.
I'm guessing you haven't read Moneyball yet? Well, its my prescription to your otherwise uncurable idiocy.