Is 2010 a Revisting of 1986?

I was thinking what Bucs team the 2010 version reminds me. It is team with some bright stars just beginning their careers (McCutchen, Tabata, Lincoln, Walker, Meek, and soon Pedro Alvarez). But they are lacking some parts of the puzzle (need better SS, more power, better SP).

So I looked back and saw the 1986 team. Bonds came up that year. He hit .223/.330/.416 with 16 HR and 36 SB. His OF partners were RJ Reynolds and Mike Brown with guest appearances by the ever popular Joe Orsulak. Bobby Bonilla played some OF but only hit 1 HR in nearly 200 AB.

The SP was Rhoden, Reuschel, Bielecki, Bob Kipper, and spot starts for Bob Walk. Not too impressive.

It was Jim Leyland's first year. and the team went 54-98. They scored 663 runs, allowed 700 runs. Their Pythagorean W-L: 77-85, they under performed their expected W-L by 23 games! Today, would Leyland be kept on with such a perfomance? I think not!

In a 12 team league, they were 10th in BA and HRs. While they had 152 SB (76 by Bonds/Reynolds/Orsulak), they were only 7th in the league in that category.

As far as pitching, they were 8th in ERA, 10th in HR allowed, and 9th in both KOs and BBs.

As for fielding, they were 2nd in errors (good), 9th in DPs, and 5th in Fielding %.

This team then added a bunch of better ball players (Doug Drabek, Mike Dunne, Andy Van Slyke and Mike LaValliere with Bonilla taking over 3B), went 80-82 in 1987, 86-75 in 1988 (adding Jose Lind, with John Smiley developing), feel back to 74-88 in 1989, then took off to win 3 straight NL East Titles winning over 95 games each year (adding Jay Bell, Jeff King, Don Slaught, Neal Heaton in 1989).

So what is my point? Well if the 1986 team can go from 54-98 to 80-82 with the talent they had; I think this team can improve next year with the talent being added. So take heart, I think once Pedro comes up and we get some better SP next year, the streak will be over and the Jolly Roger will fly high again!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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