GiantsFan14 wrote: benb18a wrote:
Simply put, having your best player for a possible playoff appearance > having him for the first month of the season. And I'm pretty sure many managers would agree. Except maybe Boche
seriously, now you're just saying stuff that has nothing to do with the argument that is being made. absolutely nobody is arguing that having your best player in the playoffs is better than having him the first month of the season. nowhere in this thread have i or anyone else said that because it's an absolutely ridiculous notion.
the problem is that NO team is guaranteed to make the playoffs, especially one who finished under .500 last year and while improved, had quite a few question marks coming into this year. you can claim in hindsight that you had them pegged as a 90+ win team, but nobody else did and it would be silly for the nats to make decisions based on something that could possibly happen if everything went right. all they could do is make the most logical decision at the time and that was ensuring that strasburg got to his 180 innings and did everything he could to get his team to the playoffs.
No, I'm not. I'm simply stating that, if he has to miss about a month of the regular season, he would be more valuable to the team if he were around for the playoffs than if he were not. Period.
I never claimed I had them pegged for 90+ wins. I claim I considered them a team with serious potential...and they are on pace to smash 90 wins. Let's put this another way - are you more surprised by the success this year of the Nationals, or Orioles? That was a rhetorical question. Bottom line is, nobody can accurately foresee anything, but you can have a good idea on the potentiality of something, and make adjustments accordingly. Kind of like when you're midseason, in first place and try to make a trade for that guy with a very palatable playoff schedule. And my most likely forecast is the Nats losing in the playoffs, and I believe they most likely would have made the playoffs without Stras for the first several weeks of the season. They probably lose in the playoffs with Stras, but you can't deny that, at this point, they would be the favorites if the season ended today and they had Stras.
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