dan72 wrote:At this point that looks like a long shot.
I too believe this is true and I have been very positive about our team all year. It seems we are good enough to play every game tough but there are no easy wins. We just dont seem to make it easy for various reasons mentioned repeatively. With our schedule it will be tough to be much over .500 the rest of the way.
BUT....I believe that 24-11 the rest of the way gets us in. To get there:
1. The SP has been good lately but a lift from Hammel, Gausman, or maybe Wada would be huge. We are going to need a 6th starter with so many games in a row. We all would like to see them go deeper and this has been our #1 problem all year but this might not be as important when rosters expand in about a week and we should have good depth to pitch in the 6th or 7th...At this time of the year I will take 5 or maybe 6 great innings.
2. That JJ does catch his breath and gets right. Either closing or in the setup roll we are going to need him.
3. We have to, have to, have to cure this DH problem. We are horrible and it is a hole that causes more stress on the rest of the lineup. We need a solid bat that can hit approx. .800 OPS
for the stretch. There are only a few options out there but it is a must (without giving up a Top 7 prospect. Probably more of a money situation). It would make the O flow easier and would probably help our manafacturing runs situation. It is a long shot WB is the answer. He has had too much time off to be trying to find his swing these last 35 games.
4. Markakis needs to get hot...I still say lead him off and see if that does the trick. Stats show yes. Either way we need his bat.
I don't think we are in a hopeless situation. But we do need a lift and this is possible.