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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Oakland Athletics

The young pitching is coming along, but lineup concerns persist

Originally Published: September 24, 2009
By Buster Olney, Baseball Prospectus and Insider staff | ESPN Insider

Insider's series on MLB teams that are out of the playoff race continues with the Oakland Athletics, who aren't looking so cutting edge these days.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 84-78, first place
Current record: 72-79, fourth place

On the plus side, Aaron Sorkin is rewriting the script for a "Moneyball" movie, which might star Brad Pitt as Billy Beane.

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