Sunday, August 28, 2005

Swept right out of first

Let's face it, folks. This team is simply not very good. That isn't to say that they aren't occasionally good enough to make us forget just how bad they are, but they simply aren't a very good "team". When the pitchers are great, the offense doesn't step up. When the offense provides some runs, the pitchers can't hold the opponents down consistently. When the starters and the offense do their job to get the game to the bullpen, they blow it more often than should be acceptable. In 2002, the whole thing came together, with one part of the team picking up the other parts. That's not happening this year. It hasn't happened all year, and we certainly shouldn't expect it to start next month.

Inconceivably, management took a team that won the division last year (and perhaps they shouldn't have, because they were exposed in the playoffs), spent millions upon millions of dollars, and somehow found a way to make the team worse. That's tough to do. Stoneman made one acquisition that has worked, and that's Paul Byrd. But really, who could have predicted that a 40 year old center fielder might be on the decline?

Honestly, I don't know what it is. Maybe it was Eckstein and Percival, but I just don't see the same heart, the same drive, the same will to win that they had last year and three years ago. Really, I don't want Matt's money, but I can't see any way this team can possibly make the playoffs. Feel free to convince me otherwise, but this team is just not championship caliber.

8 comments:

Mossback said...

Getting swept by the D-Rays is pretty embarrassing.

Seitz said...

No doubt. Almost as embarrassing as losing two to the Royals.

Mike said...

I have to admit the team looks terrible, but it's the best in our division. The Angels will win the division. Now overall, I'd give it to the Red Sox, but with their pitching it won't be easy. I wish we could have gotten Sweeney early, but if Quinlan hits consistently we can take it all.

matt said...

Looks like Scioscia's going to move Erstad to center, and platoon Kotchman & Quinlan at first. There's your reason.

Seitz said...

Good lord I hope so.

Anonymous said...

The D-Rays are the cheapest team in baseball.

YouthofToday said...

The D-Rays also have the 3rd best record in Baseball since the playoffs

YouthofToday said...

I meant all-star game. sorry