I will never be able to bring myself to root for the team to lose games to improve their draft position. It’s just not in my DNA. But when they do lose, I console myself with the thought that at least they improved their draft position.
Agree Hays should be the starter. As to defense, I’d put Mullins’ ability to get to and catch the baseball in the “great” category, Hays more in the “very good” category. But Hays has a plus arm and Mullins has a minus one. So overall, I think it’s about a wash as to who’s the better defensive CF, and Hays is the better hitter.
I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Mullins as a defensive replacement late in games, and occasional starts vs. RHP.
Yes - kudos to you for reminding us what you predicted. So I guess we "blame" BABIP, SSS, COVID19, team chemistry, youthful hubris, no hooch on the road 🥰, etc. for our record. I was hoping to "lose out" but I have to admit, last night's eruption was exhilaration and even with a 12 run lead I had to watch to the end because Sulser, Hess ........ and watching Iggi hobble around the bases on his homer and also trying to "leg out" a grounder in a game already won was really something!
Yes, I’m fine (at least entering the 2021 season) with Mullins as your 4th OFer and a speed guy to being off the bench late in games.
Let’s just stop pretending he has any kind of real upside or that he should be starting, that’s all.