Predicting the Oakland Athletics’ 2014 Starting Rotation
Predicting the Oakland Athletics' 2014 Starting Rotation
Imagine the impact of a MLB starting rotation losing 20 wins from one season to another. That is basically what has happened for the Oakland Athletics going into the 2014 season without last season's ace Bartolo Colon who signed with the New York Mets. The odds of the A's being able to have a rotation as good or better than last season without their ace are not good. But then when have the odds ever mattered to the Athletics?
They knew they were facing the new season without Colon and really weren't too worried. Sure they needed to add someone from the free agent market but they did that quite well. Also they saw proof of their promising young core during their hard fought loss in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers. Those combine to make quite a big impact upon that loss.
In the end the loss of Colon really isn't likely to matter all that much as long as the good young starters get better on schedule and the veterans pull their weight as well. The strength of the Athletics is now and has always been their ability to make the most out of what they have. Each player seems to get the most from their potential for that season.
If that happens once again in 2014, you'll see a rotation that is probably going to be better than the one from one year ago. Take a look at the likely members to make up the Athletics rotation. There is a comments section below if you see something you want to add your opinion on.
5 - Dan Straily
Straily will be looking to repeat his double-digit wins from 2013 and improve upon it if he can. For his spot on this staff Straily couldn't be a better for the job.
4 - A.J. Griffin
The fact that Griffin falls this far down should speak to the growth at the front of this pitching staff. A guy who had 14 wins and a decent ERA last year is nothing to sneeze at for sure. He'll be key to their repeated success for sure.
3 - Sonny Gray
Everyone saw what Gray can potentially do when he quickly became the go-to guy in the ALDS the A's played against the Tigers. Without a doubt he could be the top producing man on this pitching staff by the end of the season.
2 - Scott Kazmir
Signing Kazmir was a masterstroke by the Athletics. He is good enough to solidify the staff in Colon's absence but affordable enough that they can really get a lot out of him. Another great deal from one of the best front offices in all of baseball.
1 - Jarrod Parker
A great deal is expected of Parker this season after he posted 12 wins in 2013. Look for his 3.97 ERA to drop this season and for the win column to rise. There is no reason to believe he will be anything other than an ace like his position will suggest.