Previewing the 2010 Season
Everyone and their brother has written a season preview for the team, and they all come to the same general conclusions – the season hinges on several unpredictable players.
It really is that simple. This team is a contender if:
Milton Bradley stays healthy, stays sane, and hits well.
Cliff Lee recovers from this injury quickly and suffers no lingering effects.
Casey Kotchman remembers that he used to be a pretty good hitting prospect.
Ian Snell figures out how to throw strikes and get lefties out.
Felix, Ichiro, Gutierrez, and Figgins all avoid the disabled list.
If all of those things happen, this team has a great shot at the playoffs. If two or three of them happen, they have a shot, but they’ll need all three other AL West clubs to struggle. If less than three of those things happen, they may finish below .500.
This is a high variance team whose success hinges on some things going well that may or may not go well. People who are sure this team will win are wrong, just as those who are sure this team will lose are wrong. There’s no way to be sure about anything with this roster.
And, to be honest, that makes it kind of fun. For the first time in years, I have no idea what to expect. We’ll find out what this team is as we watch them play. Bring it on.