I have been critical more of the FO because they had opportunities to make this team better and chose to go the cheap route which is what it is. When you break this team down, have they not exceeded expectations? This isn't a WS team. They have 1 star SP, 1 star RP a ROY guy, a solid 3B, a decent Catcher and some other guys who go hot and cold. We have some great talent but it's young. Look at our starting rotation. It's not great. Compare it to what the Cubs have. Look at their lineup. They are built for a WS. We aren't yet. I think this team has played their asses off at times and has heart but it's a VW bug going against a Ferrari. It's a smoke show but I am still proud of them for getting this far.
The FO got the max out of what they put into this. At the end, the guys who are average are starting to show they are average. Why didn't anyone want Howie Kendrick on a longterm deal? Utley all of the sudden looks 100 years old. Grandal hit one HR and has done nothing else. Seager is struggling but he is a kid. Who wants Baez? He sucks. He throws hard. The FO has a hard on for guys who throw gas. Dayton is a kid who should never be on the postseason roster much less be pitching in critical situations against this juggernaut of an offense. Blanton is a mid tier BP guy who has been tasked with being a setup guy in key situations because the guy the FO had another hard-on for: Hatcher is not only dogshit but is hurt. Stripling is a SP who is being used as a BP guy.
Just too many guys crashing at once.
We can only assume that opportunities were there. Given what it cost the Indians for Andrew Miller, I would not have been shocked if we approached the Yankees and they started with Urias and went from there. When you have a rich farm system, you don't get bargain deals. One has to think that we may have called on Miller, Braun, etc.... and the price was likely higher than we were willing to pay. It is one thing to deal kids like Cotton or Holmes, as neither were considered in the same vein as Bellinger, Alvarez, JDL, etc.... but quite another to overpay for a set up guy who you are going to be paying $9 million per. Sure, Miller is worth his contract and is a difference maker but kids like Bellinger, JDL, Urias fill larger roles in the future of the Dodgers.
I don't understand your venom towards Grandal or Dayton. Grandal has done what was asked of him, call a good game, get on base and show some power. I expected nothing more. As for Dayton, he made one bad pitch - for a kid who was not even on the radar in April, he might be the most reliable of our lefty arms in the pen. As for Blanton, I may be a bit down on him, but Roberts abused the guy and he needs to learn to trust his starters sometimes. The biggest bugaboo was injuries and that is a crapshoot. Yeah, Anderson is an injury waiting to happen and Hill's blisters are a known issue, but I didn't see any arms out there that would've made a difference unless you honestly think the Sox were moving any of their arms for Pez. Even if this ends on Saturday or Sunday, I see a good base for future runs and I suspect we will address the bigger issues this winter, like righty bats and get our starting five lined up - I am thinking we resign Hill and slot him at two between Kershaw and likely JDL or Stewart with Urias as the four and Maeda taking the five. Hell, we may even go wtih a six-man rotation because of Kazmir, BMac, either JDL or Stewart. Sure, we could go big and try to get Greinke back, that would likely cost us one of Stewart or JDL and we get the joy of paying ace money to a number two. I would not be complain much but if we get a discount on the contract then I am good. Maybe the Snakes will take Kazmir and/or BMac in the deal. One can hope.