Just how good are we??
Its the midpoint and we have won 49 games. If we duplicate that it will be 98 wins. That looks great. If healthy, I think we will be alright. Edmonds is becoming a huge part of our team- I just dont know how long he can hold up. Dempster has been a stalwart to our staff, but he hasnt thrown this much since 2001. We are also relying heavily on a 22 year old in Gallagher, not to mention the rollercoaster ride with Marquis. Bullpen wise- everything looks good except Eyres injury and Marmol. Marmol is so important and I think we can all understand 1 even 2 bad outings in a row, but 4 out of his last 5 have been shaky. Offensively- we are solid up and down- I do worry about Soto wearing down though.
With that being said we have played a very weak schedule so far. We have basically beaten up on the Pirates and the West. All wins count the same, I know that, but our interleague record is 6-8 going into today. The AL has killed the NL this year. Now we have played some pretty decent AL teams, but I expected at least a 9-6, even 10-5 mark vs. them.
The second half will be littered with our own division and the East. Hopefully we can add a pitcher and get goign again. As much as it looks like we are missing Soriano, I really dont think thats the biggest thing. We are still hitting and scoring. I think Marmol is the key to our success. If he is his normal self, you can add 2 more wins to our total.
Maybe Im panicking a little. I dont just want to get to the playoffs. I want them to win it all, as Im sure everyone does. I think our team now can get there, but I dont think it can win the World Series unless we are scorching at that time.