I appreciate Joe and probably your opinion but in my opinion Kapler has not kept us above water. He is getting below par results from a majority of his everyday players and the lineup as a whole (despite some serious talent) is underperforming. We are near the bottoms in HR differential is a day and age where HRs are king (I don’t like that this is fact but it is). Yet we have players on this team that have proven in the past that they can hit a significant amount of homeruns before the ball was juiced this year.
I don’t blame Kapler as much for the pitching. I thought we should have spent money on a starter this offseason. Still, none of our young pitchers have progressed this year - this May be the fact that they don’t have the talent (unlucky for Kapler) or it may be the fact that those instruction and development hasn’t been significant and/or meaningful.
The bullpen is definitely an injury issue. I believe we had some top half of the league talent in there of everyone was healthy. Right now our talent is definitely in the bottom quarter of the league.
My biggest problem with Kapler is his feel for game situations. Last night is a perfect example. Analytically I’m sure the computers said that Suarez was a great option for the 6th inning. I believe 2 of the first three hitters up were lefties. However it was quite obvious after the first batter that Suarez has no idea where he was throwing the ball. I agree with giving him one more hitter to see if he can find it, but there was no reason to let him face three more hitters after that. With our bullpen we probably still would have lost, but that doesn’t make the decision making any better.
The long extra innings game the other night was another debacle. I know the excuses, Eflin’s Bicep hurt and Suarez couldn’t get loose, but if that was the case, why did Eflin bat in the first place? Instead Vince who is a much better hitter, a much better bunter, and a much better athlete should have pinch hit for him instead of waiting for him to fail at a bunt attempt, and then get to 2nd.
I believe this team has the talent throughout the lineup to be comfortably in the postseason despite their pitching.