This years version of the Show is pretty much exactly the same as last year's if all you do is play (or sim huge parts of it like I do) the franchise mode. The only thing they really touched was a better trade mechanic. With that being said it is still fricking awesome. Anyway having completed the first two seasons (2011 and 12) this is what is being foreshadowed by the all knowing Mauer box:
The A's will ultimately finish 75 and 87. WTF this is not improvement. They hang around 500 until about the middle of June and are neck and neck with Texas for first. Cahill goes down for a 3 week period coinciding with a 5 and 13 stretch by our beloved A's, thus rendering them out of contention by the All Star break. Beane ships Bailey, Ellis, Balfour, and Kouzmanoff, and Matsui in separate trades. Ugly. Be Wrong Mauer!!!!!!
As for our players:
Barton .299 avg 8 hr 58 rbis 389 obp Seems like a solid outcome
Pennington 232, 6, 38 Ugly
Willingham .266, 27, 82 Ill take that
Dejesus .298, 4, 27 in 235 ABs Not too shabby, hopefully no one @#$% with de jesus
Suzuki .255, 13, 54 Looks to be going from underrated to overrated
Carter: drumroll please............... 303AB 5 hr 27 RBI 208 OBP Im weeping
Cahill 9-15 3.53 Give me some of that
Anderson 12-11 3.53
Gio 7-9 3.81 125 k's
Braden 7-15 4.03 Allstar! but terrible second half (Bailey was other all star)
Harden 10-12 4.69 Healthy!
Cards with Wainright, over Rays in series
Adrian Gonzalez for the year .363 66 Hrs 182 RBI