Well, it's been a while since the white flag option has been put to the test. They were pretty freaking slow to do anything as the rebuild should have started, but they legitimately have been in contention each of the last four seasons. They shouldn't have changed course and gone for it in 2018, but the standings did say otherwise (first place) whereas they probably didn't try hard enough in 2019 (when they actually held the wild card on July 30 but only added at the margins and fired the hitting coach).
If the worst happens (.450 or worse, 6-10 games out) they won't be able to fool the fans into thinking they're contending. And the fans don't buy tickets to see Segura or Didi.
Right now it's more interesting to ponder whether they would actually unload controllable players in a deadline move (or sooner). Whether to increase the future return or in an attempt to change the direction of this season (Hoskins for a pitcher or a CF, for instance, as I think andyb suggested. But it takes two to tango).
I guess if we had to pick, better to stink in April than September, as in the previous four years.