You are looking back and I am looking forward. I agree that pitching was the #1 issue, but even with some pitching, this team will struggle going forward with the same roster. You still need to add a catcher and you have some kids that we will likely need to play in corner OF spots and also to contend you will likely need to move AJ to RF. In '18, having Trumbo AND Davis with the same limitations are going to be very complicated. And that is considering that one of them improves. What if they don't?
You've said several times that the offense was sufficient, yet we were outscored by every single team that made the playoffs, including the national league teams.
We scored 3 runs or less 76 times, including 19 in September and one in October - that's 20 times in our last 28 games. Without significant offensive improvement, this team will not compete for a playoff spot.