Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 3/1/2013 10:44 AM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
I agree. I think our offense should be better, and except for maybe papi, naps and drew I don't see health being something that should be expected.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Not bad numbers, but also not the types of numbers that will lead a 69 win team, that was actually worse after the big trade, to a title in 1 year.
Partially agree. Partially because I think this everyday lineup, if it stays reasonably healthy, is 'good enough' to go deep in the playoffs. But only if the starting pitching is vastly improved, and that's where things get very shaky.
Our SPs have the potential to be playoff caliber, but to me, that involves too many things all going right at the same time. I'm hoping for the best.
Other teams improving also scares me, and except for the Yanks, Rangers and O's, I think many teams that were ahead of us last year got even better, but even some of those teams were so much better than us last year that they might still end up better this year as well.
In the AL, I see only the Twins as being clearly worse than us. The Indians and KC both got better, but can easily be worse than us. The Mariners CWS, and O's should be close. That's 6 teams that look as good or worse than us. That leaves 8 teams that I rate better than us, and there are only 5 slots to make the playoffs. That's a tough hill to climb.