Maybe you should get back to your "variety of life experiences" instead of just posting comments that intend to upset people who are mostly fans of a team. There is nothing Ryan Mountcastle did this season to project him as a failed prospect. NOTHING. I am not ready to reserve a spot to go to Cooperstown for him but so far so good. Austin Hayes despite going on the DL again did ok as well. Of course your post declaring Manny Machado a failed contract after he had a MVP type season shows your baseball knowledge as well.
The Brewers and the Astros are the first teams ever with a losing record to qualify for the post-season (they both finished at 29-31.)
The 1973 Mets had the worst record ever for a team to make it to the World Series (82-79 with 1 Rain-out.)
The 2006 Cardinals had the worst record ever for a team to win the World Series (83-78 with 1 Rain-out.)
So in my initial post, I said that "...24 wins would be highly successful." I think that was a little over stated in retrospect, but I think it's hard to envision what a percentage looks like in reality as that stat plays out thru a season...even a short season of 60 games I will say, I think we learned a good deal about who we have, what they do, how they need to improve, and what we need to add. That will go a long way to improving.
In so called real time, this was a 7 game win increase over last season if we average the performance over a full length season. Not spectacular, but improvement. I thought we were more competitive this year just from the eye/smell test, but that might have just been the placebo of having baseball as a nice diversion with the pandemic. Which ever it was, I still enjoyed watching this team more this year and feel like they did play better than last year.
Congrats to esmd! Closest to the retail price without going over!