It was fun
In April, we were all asked at the USSM feed how we thought the team would do. My “85 wins, contends for the division” prediction drew chuckles and scoffs from around the room. In May, when the team was scuffling, I continued to argue that the season was not lost, and I maintained my status as the most optimistic of our quartet of bloggers.
Tonight, I throw in the towel. 6.5 games back with just 52 games to play is a monumental hill to climb. It’s not impossible – the team’s mathmatical odds are probably around 3-5% – but this sweep crippled the team’s chances of making a real run. If this was a better team, making up 7 games in 7 weeks wouldn’t be unheard of. But this team is just too flawed for that kind of run to be expected. It’s hard to play .700 baseball for two months when you have a center fielder with a .450 OPS and don’t have a single hitter on the roster who doesn’t disdain the base on balls.
For four months, we were contenders. Now? We’re waiting til next year. Again.