Since taking the reins of the organization and running in an unorthodox but uber-successful manner, Beane’s personnel decisions have made the A’s almost permanent fixture in the baseball gambling post season.
Granted they don’t have the talent to go very deep in the MLB betting playoffs, but they’re always there which says a lot. In the past five MLB betting years the A’s have cultivated and unloaded talent after talent. They have become a feeder system for the rest of the MLB betting league and at a great profit to the baseball gambling team’s coffers, while still somehow remaining competitive by finding new talent all the time.
Tim Hudson, gone, Barry Zito, gone, Mark Mulder, gone, Miguel Tejada, gone, Jason Giambi, gone… and the list of homegrown superstars nurtured to greatness and then shipped off for a truck load of prospects continues. And that’s why the A’s 2006 MLB betting season and run to the MLB betting playoffs should not be a surprise to anyone, nor any other future MLB betting playoff run so long as Beane is calling the shots.
The A’s were not expected to win their AL West division MLB betting title but they did. Granted the AL west in 2006 MLB betting season was not exactly a tanks of sharks but any team that wins a division pennant deserves credit. The A’s closed the 2006 regular MLB betting season campaign with a 93-69 baseball gambling overall record, good enough to win the division and was fourth best in the AL. Home beside the bay or on the road, it didn’t really matter as the A’s went 49-32 at home and 44-37 on the road for a .574 winning percentage. Not bad for a team whose pitching staff had been gutted and its offensive firepower sent packing. In the first round of the MLB betting playoffs it faced the hottest team in baseball, the Minnesota Twins who not only possessed a very fearsome rotation and bull pen, but was also the home for the AL Cy Young award winner, the AL MVP and the AL batting champ. But somehow the A’s found away to stop the streaking Twins and not only beat them, but swept them in three games to send them and all their post season hardware into early hibernation.
Next, came the up start Detroit Tigers that had led the baseball gambling division and even the AL in terms of games won for much of the MLB betting year. Jim Leyland had a very young and very talented Tiger rotation believing they could beat anyone and it appeared they could, getting the most out of a mediocre offense and shutting down opponents with tough pitching. And unfortunately that’s what they did to the A’s. Oakland was embarrassed in a 4-0 sweep and just couldn’t keep up the Tiger’s pitching in the end.
But 2006 MLB betting season was a big success any way you look at it. The A’s drew on what seems to be a bottomless pit full of good young pitching prospects and in the process Rich Harden, Dan Harne and Joe Blanton established themselves as perhaps one of the top three pitching rotations in the game. Harden became a bona fide ace with his heroics on the mound last MLB betting year and all three could be 15 game winners in 2007 MLB betting season. The bullpen also looked solid in 2006 MLB betting season with Huston Street (sounds like something out of a movie script) shut the door on batters in the late innings. Streets, one of the better closers in the division and with several set up men to go to in Duchscherer and Calero, Oakland does a very good job of holding early leads.
Baseball gambling odds experts know that when it comes to the position players Eric Chavez and Jason Kendall are the obvious class of this group, both are established veterans that can field and hit and both were team leaders in 2006 MLB betting season. First baseman Dan Johnson was a horrible disappointment last MLB betting year with a paltry .234 batting average, nine homers and 37 RBIs. It was pathetic year by any estimate and they will probably have to make a change in 2007 MLB betting season. The outfield is solid with a number of above average guys like Milton Bradley and Mark Kotsay, but this group hardly instilled any fear into their opponents last MLB betting season and injuries hampered some of the OF players as well.