Big mad scramble

Originally Published: October 2, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Weak Supporting Cast: For the last five seasons, the Big Three of Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Tim Hudson has propped up the Oakland Athletics' success, like bearing walls in a house, and whenever they struggled -- in the postseason annually -- the weaknesses of the rest of the team have been borne out. And when the Big Three struggled in the pennant drive, Oakland utterly collapsed, the Athletics' spiral completed with a late-inning defeat Saturday. The Anaheim Angels scored three runs in the ...

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