MLB Odds Preview: Oakland Athletics

MLB odds fans have a lot of questions about the Oakland Athletics as the 2009 MLB betting odds season approaches.

After several years atop the AL West the A’s have now taken a backseat to the LA Angels in the MLB odds division. But as every A’s MLB odds fan wants to know, will this be the year the A’s get back on top in the AL West’s MLB betting odds.

MLB odds makers would likely say ‘no’. On paper the Angels, even with several key departures still seem to have too much fire power for the A’s to leap frog them in the MLB odds. But that’s not to say that it can’t happen when you consider all the MLB odds success that the team has had under the control of mad scientist/GM Billy Beane. And MLB betting odds fans should expect the unexpected to occur -in terms of personnel moves- at least once this MLB odds season. Especially after last season’s horrendous finish in the MLB betting odds (75-87).

For Opening Day, Beane has assembled a fairly talented crew of players that should at the very least challenge for a MLB odds wild card birth. On the mound the A’s starting rotation is talented, despite how bad the MLB odds stats might have been last season. The ace in the group is Justin Duchscherer who was the only starting pitcher to notch double-digit wins in the ’08 MLB odds betting season (10-8). But he led the AL in ERA for much of the MLB odds season and with a little run support could easily win 20 games this MLB betting odds season. The bull pen is decent with side-arm Brad Ziegler a good set up man and Joey Devine the likely closer in the ’09 MLB odds season.

At the plate, the A’s scored one of the biggest bats in all of MLB betting odds competition. Picking up a Matt Holliday via trade from the Rockies was a huge move for the A’s, which had one of the weakest lineups in MLB odds last season. Holliday is the Beane prototype who gets on base and racks up extra-base hits against MLB odds pitchers. He’ll be needed as the A’s had only one hitter with more than 13 HRs (Jack Cust 33 HR). But the addition of Holliday, Jason Giambi and the return of injured Eric Chavez should provide a major boost to the offense which was nearly non-existent in the ‘08 MLB odds season.

Expect to see the A’s come charging back from an awful season in the ’08 MLB odds. This team could even be a dark horse candidate to overtake the Angels atop the AL West.

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