I feel like a total idiot for being so positive about my Bucs. They did it to me again. Got my hopes up high only to shatter them to pieces by losing all seven home games to two awful teams. It's over. I wrote an article back on July 4th worrying about the starters falling apart later in the season due to innings pitched. Unfortunately I was correct.
It's more than that though. The starters, especially Maholm and Kartsens, deserve alot of credit for keeping the Bucs close until August. But in the end I can't really explain how a team can go so flat, and at home? Perhaps it's the chemistry of the whole team. I mean as reality sets in what have we got for position players? McCutchen and Walker. Everything else is just a bust or a question mark. Presley showed potential but we haven't seen enough to pencil him in. Tabata's numbers were down. Pedro has been the biggest letdown. We don't have a catcher. We have two backup shortstops. We have no one to play 1B.
We don't have a strikeout Pitcher, someone who can just mow teams down once a week and mess up everyones timing. We don't have anything in AAA and our best pitchers are far away in Virginia A ball. Despite all of the horrible records over the last 18 years, somehow we still don't have any good position players at any level in the minors. Even Tony Sanchez might be turning into a bust, hitting .238 with 14 errors at AA Ball.
One thing is certain, it's time to clean house yet again. I don't want to see Diaz or Pearce around next year period. I don't care if Doumit goes to the WhiteSox and hits 44 hrs, I want him gone. We have to spend money to compete over a 162 game season. People will pay up and come to see a team who contends, this year has proven that. I think it's time however to get new people who make draft selections and make trade and free agent decisions. Goodbye to all and may all of you enjoy the rest of the year and hope Pujols and Fielder sign with the American League next year.