Sports gambling hopes for a turnaround season this year depend on continued improvement that began in the second half of the 2009 gambling in sports season. Oakland finished with a sports gambling record of 75-87 in 2009 but showed solid improvement down the stretch.
There appears to be some potential upside to the A’s as they finished in the middle of the pack in the major leagues for run production at 14th while in the upper third of the big leagues for staff earned run average at 4.29.
Oakland was actually a decent online sports gambling value last year as they finished with a modest profit as a consistently big underdog that won just enough games to offset sports gambling losses.
There is considerable anticipation in regards to the arrival of new number one starter Ben Sheets, who made a solid name for himself with the Milwaukee Brewers before injuries took him out of the entire 2009 season.
Sheets had a sports gambling record of 13-9 with a tidy 3.09 earned run average in 2008 when the Brewers made the playoffs. Sheets has a solid career earned run average of 3.72 and it is hoped that he will be refreshed after missing all of 2009 in rehab for his right arm.
Number two starter Dallas Braden went 8-9 with a 3.89 earned run average last year and impressed everyone with his control. With more run support he is expected to be in double digits for wins this year. Designated hitter Jack Cust led the attack last year.
Cust hit 25 home runs and drove in 70 runs last year while walking 93 times and hitting .240. Cust had home run totals of 33 in 2008 and 26 in 2007. Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was another important ingredient to the A’s attack last year. Sweeney hit 293 and scored 68 runs while belting 31 doubles.
The injury problems of Eric Chavez have been a devastating blow to Oakland in the past two seasons as he has played only 31 games in that time. If he returns healthy and in his old form Oakland may surprise this year.