Of course, especially in baseball, failures are inevitable. Someone will likely get hurt or a prospect won’t pan out. It’s a sport where succeeding one-third of the time makes you a superstar.
Let’s just say that this year, with their top pitching prospect Sean Manaea making his big league debut Friday night, that things go perfectly for the rest of the season for the Oakland Athletics starting rotation. What would it look like? Who would be part of this rotation?
It is a rotation that at one point wasn’t set a few days prior to the season and the fifth starter they chose suddenly needed Tommy John surgery.
His replacement, Eric Surkamp, couldn’t cut it at the big league level and the team seems to have lost all faith in Jesse Hahn’s command of the ball, having not brought him up to pitch all season even though he was very good for the them before being injured in July last season.
To say the rotation has fluctuated this April would be an understatement. But if everything goes right from this point on, this is what the Athletics rotation for the rest of the season would look like:
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