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MJH on accountability
I hear all these things about this year's team, and how sloppy it looks, and how bad it is compared to last year's team. I think folks are only remember the playoffs, and the past is disappearing into a rosy hue. After all, outside of June, last year's team was 69-66, or slightly worse than the current team. It was a team that could spit the bit and look terrible against a bad Baltimore team. It all worked out in the end though.
There is no reason this team can't do about the same thing, be a good to very good, but not great team, win a weak division, and get hot in the playoffs. The odds of that happening definitely improve if they can find a TORP, to move Ogando or Holland to the bullpen, and bump out Rhodes or Lowe.
Excellent point, and one that could certainly be applied to the 2010 season of the defending World Champion SF Giants as well (hell, they barely MADE the playoffs).
This phenomenon actually transcends all sports, as simply making the playoffs is easily the most important step. From there it is generally a crap-shoot as you need the right combination of health, talent (typically both young and veteran), hot players, and outright luck to take home the trophy.
Examples from the past year in sports alone:
1) Rangers, Giants 2) Packers (didn't even win their own division but pretty well cruised through the playoffs) 3) Mavericks, and to a lesser extent the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat who both handily beat the most dominant regular season teams from their respective conferences.
This leads you to conclude once again that the single most important thing your team can do (regardless of the sport) is to consistently field competitive teams that have a better than average chance of making the playoffs in any given year, thereby increasing the odds of a sustained (5-10 year) run of playoff appearances - which thereby increases the odds of winning one of the snazzy little trophies that everyone so desires.
bottom line is make the playoffs. then restart. period.
right now though its a struggle to even make the playoffs. so lets focus on doing all it takes to win the West 1st.
Expectations are what they are... meet & exceed, as defending AL Champs.I haven't forgot last year, or the previous 3-4 year climb, to find that 2010 Apex.What I've seen is a sloppy team and no seemingly decent fix/play during injuries,in early 2011.
NOW I am seeing a trend. Four players have moved there hitting up considerably.Hunter's presence is filling a needed gap. The focus seems a notch step up. Tofinish out the first half with a mini-win streak now seems plausible. We still needstaff back help in the 8th. A trade for a good 1-3 Arm and a fresh/clear focusedattitude on July 13th, in Seattle. Then it's on to LAA for the Pull Away. I'm pumped!
Last Chance Dance for Dutch... well, maybe in 2011~
Oakland is in for Four, to finish off the first half of the season.Seems our bats are waking up. Holland's start is big focus tonight.The continuance of the mini-streak starts on his mound watch.I wouldn't call it critical, but against a Division Team, as Oakland,one has to think, it should be a turning point for Dutch. This topicsounds all too familiar, doesn't it? Hey Dutch, your at HOME.Ugh, hey DH, by the way, we're tied for the West Division Lead.
Have we said this before? Can Holland really go into an ASB rest, with a bad taste in his mouth... a poor performance at home w/ A's? I don't think so. The players may be home resting, but the FO will be heavy at work trying to remold the Team back to higher expectations. Let's face it, Holland is toeing a razor slim edge, in the Ranger Rotation.
I'm thinking, the next call won't be Wash's, but Daniels saying hello toFeldman, as the ball is handed to him, instead of Holland's rotation turn.It may not turn out to be "the fix", but really, what are Daniels choices?Sure, there's always Hunter, but he is plugging up a bleeding bull pen.
Here we are at Mid-Season and major efforts are being spent on theFourth-Fifth Rotation Slot! Anyone surprised, we're still missing an Ace?No, me either. I'm a realist and understand Winter Meeting Meat, was notthere to sign or sway. All being said in pragamatism... we're one big armaway, from making the difference in our own division. Sure, it COULD beHolland... a long projected topline pitcher, but promises & projections cometo the reality, eventually. Maybe, for at least 2011, tonight is the night forthe Dutch Oven to turn the Heat Up.
I'm running out of cliches', but it's now "crunch time" for Champs. Dutch, you don't want to see Daniels sneak into Wash's office after the game and close the door. It's about YOU tonight, kid... all about you. I've got myPom-Pom's ready.
Holland, once again, looked like the Starting Pitcher that needs to show-up during his turn.
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