First prediction thread for the 2011 season - probably about 2 weeks too soon. I will try not to use more advanced statistics in my predictions since my command of them is poor enough that to use them, I would look even more absurd and crazy than I already will using traditional "lay" stats.
Lunacy after the jump:
The A's will not win the west but WILL win the wild card with 90 wins and advance to the ALCS where they will lose in 6 games to Boston.
Trevor Cahill will have the 4th highest ERA of any of the regular starting pitchers in the rotation at 4.12
Gio Gonzalez will have 5 games where he strikes out double digit batters.
Brett Anderson will pitch 2 CG shutouts and post his best K/9 rate yet of 8.7
Andrew Bailey will save 39 games.
Brian Fuentes will save 6 games.
Grant Balfour will save 1 game and will K more than a batter per inning and post a career low ERA of 1.49
Tyson Ross will win 14 Games.
Daric Barton will have amassed an impressive 14 HR's by the end of May, but he will go on to hit only 5 more through the remainder of the season.
Andy Laroche will bat .317 with double digit doubles over the first couple of months as the utility infielder, but will suffer a season ending injury at some point in May (I hope, of course, for the sake of Karma, that this is not the case) while playing at 2B.
Josh Willingham will end up with 21 HR's and a healthy .852 OPS.
Hideki Matsui will hit 23 HR and post a career high .398 OBP.
Kevin Kouzmanoff will hit 26 HR with a .272 Batting average and win the Gold Glove at 3B (thanks to the offense)
No one else on the A's will hit more than 12 HR's, except Chris Carter who will hit 37 HR...for Sacramento.
David DeJesus will get on base at a near .400 clip and steal double digit bases.
Mark Ellis will bat a career low .221 for the first half of the season but end the year with a .259 average and have the 2nd best UZR for 2Bmen in the majors.
Kurt Suzuki will catch only 129 games and will hit 7 HR.
Incredibly optimistic? Perhaps. Continue below...