Announcers and writers keep proclaiming this team to be SO much better than last year. So I looked. We're on pace to win 69 games. We only won 52 last year, so you can make the mathematical case that we're better. We could also wind up the same distance from 4th place, so I don't know.

We're 24th in runs and 23rd in WHIP. Those might be improvements, but I don't think they're a cause for celebration. Or a real base for improvement. A couple of players aren't going to make a difference from here. The upper minors have no pitching. We still need a systemic overhaul.

If they could reliably obtain good young players by trading, you could still make a case for blowing it up and shooting for a 5 year plan. Mathematically.

Or you could sign legit free agents. Find some that buy the myth that we're a rising young system, led by a new generation of dynamic young management. And willing to ignore that ownership is suing each other. Even a couple of more innings/poop eaters like Lyles would be a significant upgrade. We might have Davis money freeing up. Use that?

Most excited next to last place fan base.