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Oakland Athletics Betting – Athletics Poised To Take Another Step Back This Season

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/4/2012 4:27:51 PM

One of the many reasons why few sports betting fans will remember that the Oakland Athletics finished 14 games below .500 in the American League last season is that nobody was there to watch them, with the club registering the lowest attendance mark in baseball last season. The Athletics will once again be an afterthought in the American League West this season with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim set to slug it out at the top of the division, and whether or not the team will even improve enough to win back its own fans is still a big question mark. A poor stadium, a lack of financial resources, and the fact that general manager Billy Beane hasn’t been able to hold on to any of the assets that he did have are all reasons to believe that Oakland will not move a step forward in the right direction this season.

A quick look through the Athletics’ offseason moves reveals no reason to believe that the club that ranked 20th in the MLB in runs scored last season will be much improved. Yoenis Cespedes was signed from Cuba and is expected to bring power and speed to the lineup, but he has never played in the big leagues before, and until he proves he can excel at the highest level there isn’t much reason to get overexcited.

For whatever reason, Beane took a flyer on Manny Ramirez and brought him in for a chance with the club this season, but he won’t even be available until after serving a 50-game suspension for using Performance Enhancing Drugs, and even then there has to be question marks of how much is left in the tank. After losing their leader in home runs and RBI from last season with Josh Willingham’s departure to the Minnesota Twins, the Athletics’ order is very thin, and it could come back to haunt the team in a major way.

Another area that took a major hit for Oakland in the offseason is the starting rotation. The Athletics ranked 10th in the majors in team ERA a year ago, but lost both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill at the top of the rotation, and are banking on that Bartolo Colon has anything left in the tank after a decent season with the New York Yankees a year ago. Colon will join young Dallas Braden at the top of the rotation, so don’t expect the A’s to remain in the top-half of the MLB in terms of team ERA this sports bet season.

The same way that they have had a ton of young talent over the past few seasons, Oakland has some young skill in the lineup to bring along and groom for the future, but they lack the pieces to make them a legitimate sportsbook contender today. With the Angels and Rangers battling once again at the top of the division this season, the Athletics will be lost in the shuffle in the AL West, but for the team’s sake there has to be some hope of bringing back fans with the promise of a better future.

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