I know the A's could tank, but my point is assuming they don't tank, I don't want to hear about the playoffs being a crapshoot. I don't think it is a crapshoot, but there is luck involved. Maybe it is more like poker.
So how we gonna win it all? I think the way to do it is figure out the weakness of the other teams. The management needs to take a big role in this, but guys like Kendall seem to be studying like crazy to get it together.
In the past my theory is, the A's were designed for winning in a season but not in the playoffs. They were the Isle of Misfit Toys. A cowboy that rides an ostrich, a train with square wheels, a Charlie in the Box. Magnante with the leg braces, Mecir with the club feet, Bradford with the 85 mph fastball and fear of the spotlight, Hatteberg with the numb throwing hand. Depo and Beane found guys with problems who could help them. That is cool and ecomonical, but when it really became tight in the playoffs, I just get the feeling they knew they were misfits. They were better than their opponents in all those series but they just couldn't put them away.
So what do we have now? A catcher with no power, the Big Hurt, with his crazy incentive-laden contract coming off 2 bad years, Milton Bradley and his attitude, Kotsay and his back, but I argue this team is not misfits anymore. Scutaro is the best backup player in baseball, and the 2nd best backup player in baseball is Melhuse. Even carrot top and Payton are awesome and underrated. I was at the game last night, and Duchscherer had SWAGGER out there. His body language told me he was ready to go 1-2-3 and he had no margin for error against the Red Sox. He was relishing the chance. It was epic. Strike 1, strike 2...11 pitches, 9 strikes. A curveball taken for a strike on the first pitch and swung at and missed for the last one. Game over. He reminded me of Foulke in 2004.
People can keep saying "one game at a time" and just trying to keep it cool, but this team is ready to win it all, and I just hope someone is thinking about how we pull it off. I am a little concerned about how the 3 dl guys fit in. I dont know if I want Crosby coming of the dl then going 1 for 34 down the stretch. I am not sure how we use Harden if we can get him. The pen? Street is the one I feel can reintegrate the easiest.
Then there is Barry Zito. He isnt really leaving, is he? I just can't accept it. My thought is maybe the only chance he stays is if the A's win the World Series. that is a tough call. The way Mulder has been, it is not going to scare Billy to lose Barry. But Barry is different. Barry is magical. My favorite player on my favorite team. Maybe when Ken Korach says, "let's not look ahead to much, just enjoy the run" he is talking about Barry too. Keep up the good work and enjoy the run. This is the best organization in baseball and it has been the best for 6 years at least. It is time to show the unwashed masses. Not assuming we will but we know we can.