Winning 2 more games looks like a long shot. This team played over their heads for so long, I think they just ran out of gas. Maybe we can get a couple more ace like starter performances or just play a Yankees/Blue Jays B squad. Disappointing to finish the year this way, even though I never thought the O's would be near .500 this year.
I understand the complaints about the lineup but really the reason we came back down to earth is the bullpen. We were close to automatic in games we were ahead of the 6th and in almost every game if the starter kept us close. The bullpen regressed, wore out, whatever you want to say. As a whole, the bullpen was great for most of the season. If the bullpen doesn't go flat, we probably make the playoffs or the season goes down to the final couple of games.
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Carrying the lineup, no. Likely being one less glaring hole in the lineup? Very possible. Helping the team win more by not being close to an automatic out? Probable. I understand the left versus right arguments and the pitcher splits. But I think it's been way over blown and relied upon way too much by whoever is making that decision, be it Hyde, Elias or whatever PC just spits out the lineup. We've put inferior players in the lineup way to often this year... it's amazing we have won a many as we have really.
They basically hung around 6-8 over .500 for awhile. 9 over after A’s series. Plus 7 after Jays series, 6 after Boston, 8 after DC, 7 after Jays, 6 after Detroit, 6 after Houston. Now it’s down to 4. In between never dipped below 5, never over 8 after A’s series.
I really want 3-3 the rest of way, 2-4 at minimum. Would like 4-2.