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OAKLAND A’S 2008 SUMMARY
General manager Billy Beane is stockpiling young talent but has had to trade away some excellent players to get it. The 2008 Oakland A’s may suffer, but it shouldn’t take long before they are favored again in online gambling baseball odds.
Baseball gambling results saw the A’s collapse in the second half of last season. Perhaps that collapse convinced Beane it was time to rebuild. The A’s traded their best pitcher, Dan Haren to Arizona for six prospects so Joe Blanton is now the ace of the staff. Blanton went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA last season according to baseball gambling stats. Rich Harden could be a number one starter but he is rarely healthy. When healthy he gives the A’s a nice one-two at the top of the rotation according to baseball gambling experts. The other two starters could be Chad Gaudin and Justin Duchscherer according to baseball gambling experts. Other possible starters according to online gambling baseball experts include Lenny DiNardo, lefty Dan Meyer and Kirk Saarloos.
While the pitching could be okay, the lineup looks weak. The A’s outfield could be Chris Denorfia, who missed all of 2007, Emil Brown, a 33-year-old reject from the Royals and Travis Buck. The main backup would be Ryan Sweeney. Marco Scutaro, Nick Swisher and Mark Kotsay are all gone so Mark Ellis is now the veteran of the infield. Baseball gambling experts know that Bobby Crosby has a ton of talent but is always hurt. The A’s are going to badly need Eric Chavez to come back healthy according to online gambling baseball experts. They will also look to rookie first baseman Daric Barton to produce. Kurt Suzuki looks to hold down the catching position according to baseball gambling experts.
The Athletics scored 741 runs last year and every baseball gambling expert can’t see them matching that number this season unless everything goes right. The bullpen looks decent with closer Huston Street along with setup men Alan Embree and Kiko Calero according to baseball gambling experts.
The Oakland Athletics are going to be underdogs a lot in baseball gambling odds this season. They have some decent pitchers though and a lot of young talent. 2008 could be a struggle but it shouldn’t take long for the A’s to make their mark versus online gambling baseball odds.