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In a little over a week from now pitchers and catchers report.  So what will the 2008 A's look like?  Who will bat third?  Where will the power come from?

The trading of Nick Swisher created a big offensive hole in the A's lineup.  The A's are now deficient in power hitting. High average guys like Buck and Barton will now become the mainstays of the A's.  They have shown themselves to be exciting ball players.  Probably the best pure hitters since Carny Lansford.  They could very well bat one-two.  

Jack Cust is our power hitter.  Unfortunately our only one that has shown some consistancy.  If he bats cleanup, who bats third?  

Jack Cust had an unbelievable year last year.  He finished 7th in the AL in OB%(.408).  He was 8th in OPS (.912).  He was second in walks (105) and first in strikeouts {164).

The A's have shown they are willing to play Jack Cust in the ourfield.  If Johnson hits with any consistancy he wiii be at first with Cust in right field.

Chad Gaudin was 2nd. in the AL with 100 walks in 2007.  What does he need to do to improve?

Here is hoping that Bobby Crosby has a healthy year so that he can show he really knows how to hit.  If reports are true that he is making some positive changes we could be pleasently suprised.

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