The Oakland A's are the last AL West team to have their ZiPS published over at the Baseball Think Factory, and in this case, Szymborski saved the worst for last.â†µ
Not that it should really surprise anybody, but Oakland's 2012 projections are terrible. Not one hitter is projected to have an OPS+ higher than 97. Just think about that for a little while. The Rangers have six players projected by ZiPS to have an OPS+ higher than 100. Poor Oakland.
It's not too much better on the pitching side of things, either. With Brett Anderson hurt (and not projecting too well for '12, anyway), Brandon McCarthy becomes the ace of the staff, followed up by Dallas Braden. Of course, Braden might not even be ready for Opening Day after undergoing shoulder surgery last year.â†µ
Needless to say, barring a miracle (or five), the Rangers won't have to worry about the A's this year. And probably not for a few years. But hey, Billy Beane is a genius, so Oakland has that going for them.â†µ