moochman wrote:It looks like reality is starting to set in. This is not much different than the team that lost 90 games last year.
Their free agency signings can be called nothing less than total busts to date. Maggs won't produce until the season is well lost, and Percival looks to be finished as an elite closer.
Add to that Pena and Infante's predictable lack of early season production, and the coaching staff's inexeperience/incompetence and we have another long season ahead.
Alas, finishing .500 looks to be a pipe dream.
Haha, we always know who to look for when we want the most pessimistic view of our team possible, but given their play lately can't argue with it too much. I fight my way to being the optimistic type, although they are making that tough right now.
It seems the whole offense has gone a bit dry lately. Clutch hitting is nonexistant when the situation arises. Craig Monroe looked like he was starting to come around and then got hurt. The Strep Throat may be hurting Inge's performance. Dimitri had to miss nearly a week with illness. That left handed hitting outfielder of ours gets too much playing time and has a wonderful .077 BA to show for it. Pena and Infante continue to be very bad. Hopefully this offense can heat up with the weather and stay relatively healthy with the guys we've got. Pena may be known as a slow starter, but not THIS slow.
The starting pitching lately hasn't been all bad, but far from great. Some more good outings lately from Bonderman, Johnson, Maroth and, Robertson than bad. Ledezma looks like he may not be ready to be a full time major leaguer just yet, and with the reports that they are watching Sean Douglass (and maybe Baugh) closely at AAA, you have to think a change may be made soon. Percival may not be the stud he used to be still has very good velocity, so he's not done yet, but we need him to get sharp in a hurry. Urbina's been getting better as the year has progressed, so we should be ok if we need him to step in as a closer or decide to trade him.
I am one of the first to defend Trammell, but he is really not impressing me much with how he's handling this team lately. I don't think I need to cite any examples there as his performance has been brought up before, and has been as bad as ever lately.
I have confidence in Dave Dombrowski watching over this team, but I'm not sure if there's much he can do at this point and time. We simply need to play better, and hopefully that'll happen if some players get healthy again and/or stop underachieving. Here's to hoping that we still improve over last year, if even only by a little.
Get healthy Magglio.