August 2nd, JohnBoy fires his pitching coaches. The team ERA is 5.27. Almost 2 months later with Andy Hawkins the team ERA is around 5.43. Hmmmmm.....Junior is running out of scapegoates for this pathetic franchise.
He fired the only manager to put a competitive team on the field in the last 9 years (Buck Showalter).
After 3 years he will show a team this year that has the WORST ERA in all of baseball. Is the WORST fielding team in all of baseball. His crack pitching staff will lead the league in walks and have the least amount of strikeouts.
There are 3 elements to the game - Pitching, Defense, and Offense. Offense is the easiest. Fantasy players can put an offense together. Teams like Tampa, LAA Angels, Minnesota, win with pithcing and defense. Something this team does not have.
Galloway wrote an article the other day suggesting that Nolan can Daniels. I'll go one further than Galloway..........
I predict Nolan's first order of business in the off-season is to send this boy back to the basement. How do I know this?
At the break, Junior made no moves, to either sell off or improve the team. I figure that Nolan put a muzzle on the boy, due to his track record of trades. He simply does not have a clue.
Let's look at 2 groups of pitchers:
Eaton, Otsuka, Padilla, Tejeda, Millwood, McCarthy, Gabbard, Harrison, Wright, Jennings, Mendoza, Ponson, Gagne, Fukimori
CYoung, Danks, Volquez, Galarraga
Cripes..........I'd trade ALL of group A for group B right now.
John Daniels is in WAY OVER his head as a Big League GM. Not saying the boy doesn't have talent......but let's limit him to his so-called specialty - prospects.