Lets say they pull off a trade for Upton without giving up any pieces that are expected to seriously contribute next season, and decide to give up the pick for Bourn...
Buck, D'Arnaud/Ike/Murphy/Tejada/Whiffboy/Duda/Bourn/UptonJohan/Niese/Harvey/Gee/Young, Wheeler
Make the PO?
And the reason for this is our coaching staff.
Since Wille, then Jerry, now Terry, not a motivator in the bunch.
When our young guys falter, as they undoubtedly will, who is going to pick em up and keep em going?
Those 2 guys just make our chances better, but we still have a big flaw in the leadership.
With Upton and Bourne?
On face value I say it's possible but I certainly can't say we would be a lock, no.
Who said that?
But if we do get pcs, it will most likely result in the disappointment type ending like 07 or 08, maybe not as epic.
When the team is bad talent wise, you overlook coaching, once there is talent the coaching becomes a factor.
I have little to no confidence in Warthen or Collins to lead this team anywhere.
Once I see this team play a full season then I can say the coaches are doing thier jobs.
The 2nd half drop offs are not just because of talent, the difference between first and second halves is astounding if you care to look at it.
with no closer, and a shaky set up situation not a chance.
Rotation should be solid and could be really good if Santana visits Ponce de Leon. Lineup would be amongst the best in the NL. But it does you no good if your pen gives up 30 leads.
It's also possible he plays better in his home park then at rival stadiums. He plays in a hitter park but he also plays in the NL west so he has plenty of games in other hitters parks.
He plays in Colorado, and Houston a bunch of times, also very good away parks to hit in. What is every away park a pitchers park?
My point is just because he hits less on the road doesnt necessarily mean he's a product of a hitter park, he may just be more comfortable in his home stadium.
There are plenty of hitters parks in the NL that he can inflate numbers, even better than Arizona. I'll take my chances with his upside anyday, he doesnt hit cheap homers where ever he plays.
I'm not saying hes an MVP, but to say he is barley an upgrade over Duda, Baxter, and Kirk, even with those splits is laughable.