Originally Posted by medford
OK, I agree w/ the catcher thing, but assuming hannigan takes over to play 3 of the 5 days, I'm not sure why they couldn't approach those offensive numbers again.
rolen, I'd expect a drop off as well, and I think they need to get him more rest, that could be key.
where I disagree is the thought that Joey won't have another MVP type season. Sure he's had a great year, but I see nothing about him, short of injury that makes me believe he won't have MVP type seasons for several more years to come. Are you planning on Pujols all of a sudden backing off next year since he's had a few MVP type seasons recently? Then why doesn't Joey get the same benefit? Sure Pujols has a longer track record, but Joey's been this good for 2+ seasons now. If the mental issues/ father's death didn't hit him last year, he would have been in MVP contention last year.
Additionally, it seems like Bruce has really put it together, and should provide a boost. Stubbs should be more consistant. I'd expect more of the same out of Phillips.
to me, it all adds up to an offense that should be as good overall as this year's version. Perhaps even better if they can get a little more consistancy out of LF next year thru free agency or promotion.
i don't feel Joey will have a big dropoff next year. i simply feel that it would be asking a lot for him to improve on MVP numbers. so you could pencil him in for similar numbers.
i do feel several guys will drop off & only two guys will improve (Stubbs & Bruce). so i'd like the team to get a big bat for LF. i actually feel that if Walt got a big thumper for left that the team could be a world series contender next year.