First of all, here is my initial preview entry of the A’s. So you can review the facts I put forth.
My predicted record for the A’s: 88-93 wins
Actual Record: 74-88
I know this seems like a bad prediction but I *did* put in a clause in my record prediction that said:
” Although, with young rotations there is always the risk that the rotation will lose a few starters to overwork (cough,cough…Gio Gonzalez), injuries, streakiness etc. In which case, their win range is in the mid 70′s.”
Well, there were starters lost to injury. The only starters above 200 innings pitched were: an much worse Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez. I will admit that I thought Gonzalez was going to be the one lost to injury and he completely defied my prediction by becoming the ace of that staff. I definitely got that one wrong. The most prominent example of injury is Dallas Braden who went out after pitching only 18 innings. So really I was spot on in my prediction by adding on that last part.
I did NOT predict their bullpen would be as good as it became but all around I think I nailed this team as well. What do you say?