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Key to winning AL West

Is it trading for the mythical "Right Handed Power Bat?"  If so, who is available and affordable that you'd go for?

Is it Adam Dunn?  He's a lefty.  And, at the right price... even I'd try to pick him up, but... the guy just can't hit lefties.  He's terrible.  He adds some power, no doubt, but, does that provide the piece that solves the puzzle?  I think not.

So, what does?  Well, I think Beane has been on the right track...  Dan Meyer (too bad he got hurt), Ron Flores (didn't get much of a chance) and Joe Kennedy (I'm not a believer, but maybe I'm wrong).

In any case, the key to winning this division has nothing to do with adding more offense.  The A's simply need to add another lefty starter.  And, they don't have to look far to get one (but, more on that later).

Just look at the division stats:

Versus Righties:
Wins Losses
Angels: 45 25
Athletics: 33 38
Rangers: 43 32
Mariners: 31 38
Versus Lefties:
Wins Losses
Angels: 11 14
Athletics: 16 7
Rangers: 5 13
Mariners: 10 14

Now, the A's are pretty damn good against lefty pitching, but everyone else in our division isn't.  Hell, if I were Billy, I wouldn't even bother with Haren, Blanton and Saarloos against the Rangers.  Just pitch Zito, Harden and any scrub lefty you can find against Texas!!!

Of course, we can't do that.  But, we could send Ginter packing and make a roster spot for Dallas Braden:

W L ERA BB SO
Stockton Ports: 6 0 2.68 11 64
Midland RockHounds: 9 3 2.87 26 65

I guess the ultimate question is:  Do we need Ginter or do we need another lefty?  Well, that's just my late-night epiphany.  You're free to vote as you see fit.

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