Below is a text I sent this morning to Mark and Drew Corleone:
In the bright light of day, the craziest thing about this “season” is we got to within one game of the WS. I have some “what happened to” unanswered questions about players I counted on: Altuve, Bregman, James, Abreu, Reddick, Gurriel.
The starting pitching in this series, including McCullers, was good enough to win it, and the relievers held their own, but as Mark said, the offense came and went. When we hit, we won because the pitching staff kept us in games, and when we did not hit, we lost. Altuve chipped in critical errors which looked like the yips. I did not watch much of the regular season but followed them on GZ, and pluses for me include the development and success of Framber, Javier, Paredes, Tucker, Taylor, and to an extent, Raley and Scrubb. Greinke was both good and mediocre this year. Another major plus is Correa’s leadership, and his bat became a force in the clutch.
Hot Stove League for us begins today. Who knows what Crane’s plan is? The infield returns intact, but Brantley and Springer are FA now. I assume Reddick will retire, we will not pursue a rehabbing Osuna, and JV will be rehabbing all year too. Extending Correa to lock him up deserves attention. How much is Crane willing to spend? If this team needs hitting to be great, how do we let Uncle Mike and his buddy George walk? Will Alvarez return to his previous ROY form? There were no outstanding hitters at RR after Alvarez and Tucker. Will we try to trade Greinke? Will we pursue FA, and if so, who? What would y’all do with this team?
Hard to be pissed about elimination by the #1 seed and CFM in Game Seven after being down 0-3. Game Seven in 2019 will always haunt me, but last night does not hurt like that. We had a good run in the playoffs, pissed off the haters, and gave our stars (looking at you, Alex) a chance to be heroes. Probably could not ask for much more, but I wish our bats had showed up last night. Through 5, Morton had thrown 46 pitches. That says it all.