The Oakland Athletics did not have a good 2017 season. They finished the year with a 75-87 record, lost the face of the franchise in Sonny Gray, and played in the worst stadium in baseball 81 times a year. That being said, they did have some positives. By trading Sonny Gray, the Athletics got some really talented prospects that improved their farm system significantly. The Athletics also had one of the sneakiest most powerful years in the history of baseball by a player that will be talked about later in this article. The question that is being asked coming into the season is not if this team is going to sauced, but just how much they are going to fail.
I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I think the Oakland Athletics have the worst starting rotation in the majors. For starters their “ace” is Kendall Graveman. YOU KNOW THERE IS A PROBLEM WHEN KENDALL FREAKING GRAVEMAN IS LEADING THE CHARGE. The A’s than trot out Sean Manaea at the two and at this point I couldn’t tell you the difference between this rotation and one of a high school staff. Yes Manaea finished the 2017 season with a 12-10 record, but he still had a ERA above 4 and is not a guy you are gonna get to the ballpark and ask for his autograph. At the 3, is Jharel Cotton who finished the 2017 season with a 9-10 record and a 5.58 ERA. Capping off this exhilarating Athletics rotation is a righty from Nashville, Andrew Triggs, who literally looks like a truck driver. Now I am in no way trying to make fun of the Athletics organization but this rotation is a joke and they should be embarrassed that they let it get this poor and untalented.
Luckily for the A’s their offense is not nearly as poor as their pitching is. The A’s actually have a very powerful lineup and have one of the more powerful bats in all of baseball. Their offense is led by Khris Davis, a left fielder from California who is the most underrated OF in baseball. You don’t hear his name talked about enough and you should because this dude is a stud. Davis finished the 2017 season with a .247 BA, hit 43 home runs and drove in 110. Those power numbers are almost unfathomable and I think he will repeat again in 2018, hitting 45 homers and driving in 120. Davis’ bat is special and we will most likely see him be traded during the trade deadline because power bats like that are at a high commodity. Supporting Davis in the lineup is another underrated player, Matt Olson. Olson played in only 59 games in 2017 but still managed to hit 24 home runs. A lot of experts are raving about this young talent and are expecting him to hit upwards of 40 homers in 2018 and I am right with them. He has a pure, powerful swing and him and Davis are one of the scarier 1-2 punches in the game. You then have guys like Matt Joyce, Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty who will help balance out this lineup nicely. I am actually a fan of this Athletics offense and think if they can stay healthy, will be one of the more powerful offenses in the AL West this summer.
Overall, I think this A’s team is gonna finish right where they left off last year. They have a good offense that is unfortunately outweighed by a horrific pitching staff. I think teams are going to tee off on these pitchers all season long and if the Athletic’s realistically want to compete this year, they are going to have to average around 6 runs a game which no offense can actually handle. I like this team to finish the year with a 70-92 record and have them finished dead last in the AL West. The baseball field that gets converted to a football field on Sunday’s is going to turn into a golfing range on summer afternoons and the free giveaway will be a foam finger in the shape of an L.