Yesterday, the fine folks over at Athletics Nation sent us a few questions for their series preview, seeing that the hot rolling soon-to-be 162-0 Mariners are in Oakland to face the hapless A's, owners of an embarrasing .333 winning percentage. You can read my answers here.
There is no way this poor Athletics team, filled with scrubs like "Josh Donaldson" and whatever a Yoenis Cespedes is, will have a good year or anything, so I tried to cut them a little slack to keep it civil and short. Besides, it's always nice to get a little recon on your opponents, and since the M's will face the Athletics 19 times this year, it will be important to track their contingency plans for replacing not only staff ace Jarrod Parker, but a slew of other pitching injuries and maybe a toilet or two.
In all seriousness, though, you know the A's are going to find yet another way to wallop everyone this season, and it was interesting to see that while some were calling for an April shelling thanks to the loss of a few of their top arms, the A's are probably going to be able to find a way out of it. Because they are the A's, and that's what they do.
I tried to keep the questions short, as I'm sure we'll have plenty more to talk about by the time the A's come to Safeco next week. Huge thanks to Alex Hall over at Athletics Nation for answering a few of my questions, and make sure to give their great site a read: it's not just Billy Beane who's good with numbers.
1. Do you think the A's done enough to account for the loss of Parker, Griffin, O'Flaherty, and Cook? Or, at least, do you feel comfortable biding time until those latter names return?
AN: The A's came into the year with a lot of pitching depth, so the early losses have been manageable. They knew O'Flaherty was hurt when he came on board (recovering from TJS), so his best-case scenario in 2014 was always as a second-half reinforcement. Cook should be back on Saturday, so that's not a problem.