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"That is the sound of inevitability."

It could not be more appropriate for this team to finish .500 on the dot. I've been calling this for three months now. Every time the team stretched to 4-5 games over .500, they shot themselves in the foot. Every time they fell 4-5 games under .500, they made gut check and clawed back. The team OPS+ hovered around 100 for most of the season and so did team ERA+. They have a positive run differential, but at the end of the season, not by that much.

The Wild Card mark to reach ended up being 86-87 wins (depending on the Houston game), like many of us thought. I'm not sure how to take it yet. What about all of you? Did this team overachieve based on lack of talent/health, underachieve based on previous seasons, or is this what the team was from the start? Is it worth giving everyone a mulligan for a year? Did this constitute meaningful baseball in September?

It was... OUR DESTINY.

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We will be under .500 next year as we are back to the good ole cheap ass Angelos days.

Don't expect another possible playoff contender for another 5-10 years.

I knew last year when we lost Cruz,Miller,etc. it was gonna be this type of year. I said cellar very early

this year if you look at my June posts.

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We will be under .500 next year as we are back to the good ole cheap ass Angelos days.

Don't expect another possible playoff contender for another 5-10 years.

I knew last year when we lost Cruz,Miller,etc. it was gonna be this type of year. I said cellar very early

this year if you look at my June posts.

So you were wrong then?

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"That is the sound of inevitability."

It could not be more appropriate for this team to finish .500 on the dot. I've been calling this for three months now. Every time the team stretched to 4-5 games over .500, they shot themselves in the foot. Every time they fell 4-5 games under .500, they made gut check and clawed back. The team OPS+ hovered around 100 for most of the season and so did team ERA+. They have a positive run differential, but at the end of the season, not by that much.

The Wild Card mark to reach ended up being 86-87 wins (depending on the Houston game), like many of us thought. I'm not sure how to take it yet. What about all of you? Did this team overachieve based on lack of talent/health, underachieve based on previous seasons, or is this what the team was from the start? Is it worth giving everyone a mulligan for a year? Did this constitute meaningful baseball in September?

It was... OUR DESTINY.

:vader:

I don't see it as destiny at all. IMO you make your own destiny and losing all those tight games with the Twins wasn't any type of pre ordained destination whatsoever had we won all those games we would have been ok. The reason I believe we didn't was poor in game management action (or lack thereof ) by Buck. His not pulling his infield in closer when Britton is pitching against a team of speedy contact hitters was just flat out dumb and lost a number of games they should have won! It made no sense at all how he didn't manage that better!

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I don't see it as destiny at all. IMO you make your own destiny and losing all those tight games with the Twins wasn't any type of pre ordained destination whatsoever had we won all those games we would have been ok. The reason I believe we didn't was poor in game management action (or lack thereof ) by Buck. His not pulling his infield in closer when Britton is pitching against a team of speedy contact hitters was just flat out dumb and lost a number of games they should have won! It made no sense at all how he didn't manage that better!

For the record Old#5fan, I'm not being serious about the destiny thing. But the questions are in earnest.

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