Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 18, 2009 2:50 pm
The Vin Mazzaro-Brett Anderson-Trevor Cahill trio (MAC, as they’ve come to be known around the web) are getting some love from Jason Giambi. Giambi said he’s encouraged GM Billy Beane to throw caution to the wind and start the season with all three of them in the rotation.
“Hopefully we’ll have a shot to ride these guys right out of spring training,” Giambi said. “I’ve been pushing to go with these kids. I’d love to see all three of them. Just bum rush this league and let them go.”
Giambi has heard all of the comparisons between these three and those other three (Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito). He admits, and I concur, that it’s totally unfair and unwarranted to compare the new guys to those guys, but we’re going to do it anyway.
“I don’t want to put that type of pressure on them,” Giambi said. “Those three guys (Hudson, Mulder and Zito), what they accomplished here is pretty amazing. The biggest thing is I love with (Anderson, Cahill and Mazzaro) is their makeup. They have similar traits. They have great mound presence. They have that will to win. They go after guys. They have phenomenal stuff.”
The A’s seem to be in a similar spot to where they were when Hudson, Mulder and Zito arrived. They had a group of veteran hitters (Giambi, Matt Stairs, John Jaha) and nothing but potential among the pitchers. The A’s look like they will score runs this year, but it seems like the only way they really contend is if the MACs really can be the next HMZ (doesn’t sound as good), and do it soon.
“This team is on the verge of being a really really good team if those young kids can turn it on,” Giambi said.