The Oakland A’s entered the season with high aspirations with many people expecting them to compete for the Division crown. They currently sit at 19-18, 2 games back of the first place LA Angels. The teams’ success so far is because of the legit pitching staff they have and the deep and reliable bullpen they can turn to.
The A’s pitching staff currently boasts a team ERA of 2.59 with the starters posting 24 quality starts. The staff is led by Trevor Cahill who is tied in wins (6) and boasts the lowest ERA in the league at 1.72.
Buster Olney of ESPN says that the A’s are always looking to upgrade their roster, but Cahill, Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez and Tyson Ross are next to untouchable. The rotation also includes Brandon McCarthy and Dallas Braden (who is on the DL) but both could be used as trade chips to upgrade other parts of their roster.
McCarthy who is signed for $1mm this season has posted a 3.26 ERA in 49.2 innings with 30 strikeouts. Braden who is suffering from shoulder discomfort and on the DL, posted a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings with 15 strikeouts prior to his shoulder issues.
The A’s offense could use a jolt as they have scored 127 runs over the season which is 24th overall. They also have a team batting average of .235 which is also 24th overall. Yes the overall team numbers are bad, but Coco Crisp is the team leader in batting average and he sports a .256 avg which is next to embarrassing that your team leader is sporting that (Yes Ryan Sweeney .364 avg and Conor Jackson .281 have higher averages, but Sweeney has only 44 at-bats and Jackson has only 81 at-bats).