Perhaps the best indicator that something needs to change managerially is the pulse of this site and its followers. To know how those around here feel, just take a look at the current poll:
At the time of this writing, less than 24 hours after being posted, there have been 104 votes cast from 45 voters and not one single person has said “nobody” should be fired. On a site that is a great dissection of optimistic, pessimistic, cynical and innocent fans, the consensus is unanimous: someone has to pay for this travesty that we call a season!
An interesting comment from Matt Belisle after the 7-4 loss last night to the Miami Marlins shows how far apart the team is from the fans:
“It’s disgusting what is happening…If anything this has brought us closer together because we can’t believe it.”
While all fans can agree that it is disgusting, and they can’t believe it either, to a man the feeling would be that it isn’t bringing us closer together. If anything, the fan base is looking for other ways to spend their time and money. Even season ticket holders are angry that they have to go to a game and watch this atrocity on the field.
Closer together? Misery loves company?
Keep playing like this and your fan base might just be limited to your fellow teammates. They will be the only ones able to stomach another gut wrenching loss.
Perhaps someone should get angry in the clubhouse and throw something at a wall.
Maybe the thinking that it is still early is the same as a surgeon asking you to count down from 100 as he puts the general anesthetic over your nose and mouth. You optimistically feel that if he is starting the count at 100, you will get to at least 50 before going under. Anyone who has been put under knows how that turns out, lucky if they even get to 95.
If only this season was as peaceful as going under, but it is far too painful to continue in the current direction.
How is it that fans can scream at their televisions that Moyer should be pulled, way before the Stanton grand slam, because hitters are figuring him out, and yet Jim Tracy doesn’t recognize that? Now WE the fans have to hear about how Stanton broke the scoreboard with one of the hardest hit home runs ever. As if it wasn’t bad enough losing 14 of our last 17 games, we have to be the team that “was almost no hit” or the team that “gave up a scoreboard breaking grand slam”. EVERYONE knew Moyer was needing to come out. He didn’t do bad through three innings, striking out five, but when Mark Buehrle about hit a home run it was time to take him out. The fans should never have had to go hoarse yelling at TV Tracy that Stanton was going to crush it. We knew he would, especially when Moyer didn’t get the third strike call.
How is it that fans know every single time Tulo comes up in a pressure situation he will either pop up or hit into a double play, and yet he is still in a power hitting place in the lineup at fifth? He is struggling, we get that. But to ignore that he is struggling and keep him in a key position of the lineup is as dangerous as keeping Moyer in too long. He should be shown the bottom of the lineup, or if that would be too damaging to his ego than maybe put him second. Or on the bench until he gets his mojo back.
How is it that fans can sit back and expect more big swings than a big city park playground, all of them reaching for a fence that is beyond 100’s of feet of grass that would welcome a soft ball to its blades, and yet Carney Lansford hasn’t demanded smaller swings? How can we have such power in CarGo, Tulo, Cuddy, Helton, Hernandez and Rosario and yet two-thirds of the National League has more hits than us? Yes, we have struck out less than any other team in the National League, but that should be a BIG red flag. How do you strike out less than any other team in the National League and still have fewer hits than 10 other NL teams? Because you are popping up and grounding out thanks to big, over reaching swings. How can we as fans see that?
How can pitchers continue to try to be cute with a strike-zone only to give out free passes like they were Netflix subscriptions? We are walking the 3rd most batters in the NL, and giving up the second most runs in the majors, and Bob Apodaca hasn’t corrected it? Perhaps we should fine the players for walks. Better yet, let Bob open up his wallet for every walk and donate a few grand to those of us that know every time a walk is issued a hit is coming next and it usually is gonna be extra bases.
There is something to be said for the mental portion of the game. That losing breeds losing, winning breeds winning. But, when the players or in the middle of a mental collapse, sometimes they can’t see the bat for the trees. That is when management needs to come in and take control. If the fans can see the problems, and know the outcomes like it is a foregone conclusion, then shame on management if they either can’t see it or are unwilling to change it, because soon the fans will give up and find a team that really does care.