GiantsFan14 wrote:no, i'm being "if they were going to make the playoffs it was reasonable to think it would be a close finish and thus they would need as many regular season wins as possible to make it to the playoffs" oriented.
it's not that difficult to understand.
the phillies won 102 games last year. the braves are a very good team. the marlins spent boatloads of money and looked competitive. you could both think that the nationals were a talented team and compete AND also think that it's a tough division and it would come down to the wire. nobody, absolutely nobody, including you, thought the nationals were just going to run away with the division. for the nationals to just throw away regular season wins with the expectation that it would happen would have been seen as incompetence. plain and simple.
your number one goal as a team should be to get to the playoffs. you do everything you can do get there because once you're there it's a crapshoot anyways. sure if they knew everything they know now they may have gone about it differently. but they had to make a decision based on the information they had at the time and that decision was to do have as much success as possible during the regular season in hopes that they could get to the playoffs. there is absolutely nothing wrong with that decision.
Kinda like trading Justin Upton for Edwin Encarnacion in March...if you made that trade in March doesn't mean you didn't do the 100% right thing at the time even though it didn't turn out to be the right thing in the end. If I make the right move, at the time, I'll deal with the chance that on a rare occasion it might somehow turn out wrong in the end. You wouldn't then not trade Wil Venable for Andrew McCutchen the next year because it's "possible" Venable somehow has a better year when all is said and done...you do what is the most likely at the time and deal with the consequences at the end if for some reason that right move turns out wrong.