I expect the pitching to be better than we've seen in quite some time - though that doesn't say much - but this team is likely going to have a serious on-base percentage problem that I expect to cut into the offensive run production.
Kevin Gregg and Jason Marquis will bring back memories of the Lost Decade.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
The losing stops now.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
89 wins and solidly in second place...no wild card though.
94 and winning the division and the NLCS but falling in the WS to Toronto in 6
94 Reds / 86 Cards / 85 Pirates / 76 Cubs / 72 Brewers
On the bright side, I think our upper bound has increased significantly. In past years, an everything goes right outcome would still have left us in low 80's. This year, it would put us in the wild card hunt.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
85, maybe I'm too much of an optimist
"And the fact that watching him pitch is like having someone poop on your soul." FCB on Gary Majewski
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.