This thread is inspired by the current conversation in the game thread, namely with those who are trashing the team based on last night's meltdown in Colorado.
See, the first two games in which they were just blown out weren't all that concerning. Over the course of a 162 game schedule, you'll have games like those.
It's more troubling to blow a 6-run lead, come back to take a 1-run lead in the 9th, and then kiss it all goodbye when your closer du jour gives up a 2-run homer for the loss.
And that got me to thinking about those great teams we had in the mid 80s that consistently won more than 90 games, and more specifically the 1984 team that first turned it around with a 90-win season.
Those teams played good baseball AND they had a stifling duo of closers that could always finish the job.
And i think what we're seeing now is a decent team on the field that plays good baseball. Unfortunately, without those stifling closer(s), some of our best efforts will go for naught.
This tells me that this team is very close to turning the corner even if we're not quite there yet.
Juan Lagares is quickly becoming a top notch centerfielder on both sides of the field, YCY seems like he's found himself again, Daniel Murphy his hitting up a storm, TDA is becoming a major league catcher, and they're starting to compare the velocity of Lucas Duda's line drives to the speed of light.
Meanwhile, Gee, Neise, Wheeler, Meija and Colon are giving the team a very formidable rotation with Montero, Thor, deGrom and dare i add Matt Harvey will be joining them in the not-too-distant future.
So for the moment we've got an interesting bunch of young baseball players who are fun to watch. Thats the good news.
The bad news is we don't have an end game. The 1984 team made a good run for the pennant because they could get a lead and then hand the ball to either Jesse Orosco or Doug Sisk and that would be that.
This team has no such options although Dice-K could end up being that guy. Lord knows it ain't Farnsworth or Valverde. But that's not the problem. The problem is we won't be able to measure how good this team really is because of their weakness in the back end of the pen.
That said, who's to say that Montero, Thor, or deGrom doesn't end up being that guy? Or maybe it turns out to be Meija? There are options.
Stay tuned. The point is, regardless of how many games this team ends up winning this year, we're really not too far away now.
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