Dont agree at all. Actually, Harper is having a bad year, his performance with RISP is just a SSS luck. Hoskins is really just having a bad year because of a recent slump. My point is that while no one is having an atrocious year, almost everyone is having a below average year. You expect some variance, but when almost every single player (except maybe Kingery) is below expectation and no one is above something isnt right.
I do kinda like Kapler, I think he has some good ideas (and some bad ones) and I can easily see some of his ideas becoming more prevalent. I think he was smart in dialing back some of his extremes from last year, the shifting is still heavily used, but it isnt as extreme as last year. He has improved his game management, but he still does make critical mistakes and he has issues with the bullpen. How much does a manager matter? No real way to judge, but if he doesnt matter why do we pay more than a pittance for it?
My point is we can't just keep waiting. As you pointed out these guys are at or near their primes, you even imply that a few guys may have started the decline as a reason for reduced performance in one post. So if the hope this year was for a wild card and that hope is almost gone now, does that now become the hope for next year? These seems like an extremely slow build up to success. a near .500 season, another slightly better season, then maybe a WC and elimination. Not long after that we will be looking at a core of 30 year olds again and we will have to start replacing players that never really succeed with ... not sure. Our farm system is not strong, so why are we not just looking at another rebuild in 2022/3? And if so we didnt improve fast enough to actually have much success.
Klentak has done a great job of bottom feeding and getting a few short rentals (Bruce, Dickerson) for almost nothing. Have to give him credit for signing Harper and McCutcheon also and being able to use the money he was allotted. But we probably arent going to be making anymore big dives in to FA, we are going to need too many pitchers to spend $25M on one, we need to improve pitching greatly.
In an earlier post you said that the real problem was the pitching, not the offense. Obviously true, but I think you missed my point, it isnt that offense is the reason we are not much of a contender (although we only have average offense), it is that we should have been a better offense to compensate for our pitching issues. I think we all knew that the pitching staff was going to be a little suspect this year with 3 hopes and prayers starters, but we expected the bullpen to compensate somewhat. That didnt happen due to injuries, so certainly the pitching staff was a big problem, but that wasnt my point. With the bad staff we have, we still should have done better with the talent we have on offense, and although it wasnt egregiously worse, it was worse than expected as almost every player underperformed, none of them horribly.
I didnt bother with the comparison of the pitching staff to their "norms" but it shows the same pattern. Everyone is doing worse than expected. Some are injury related, some are due to over use because of injuries, some are just having a below average year. Only a couple have had a good season, and that is out of 20 or so pitchers. The distribution of performance is disturbing and the only root cause common to all is really coaching to me.
You say I cherry picked stats, but I used OPS+ for all players. Not sure how that is cherry picking, if I had used something like RISP than I would agree, but I just dont see the cherry picking at all.