Patience has run its course, but 5 years, come on now. We won a World Series just a couple of years ago, didn't we? Like my first post said, this is our year barring serious injury to Carpenter or Wainright. If they stay healthy, we win 90+ games and make a run in the playoffs.
Hopefully Lohse can win 15 games next year.
I know, I know, don't hope for anything and you can't get hurt. We had a 281 team batting average and a 986 team fielding %. The O and the D are there. If we don't blow 20+ save opportunities last year we're talking about another playoff season.
Friday night drunken Cardinal fans representing tonight. HAHA
By "top heavy" I mean that there are usually no more than 2, sometimes 3, teams that have a legitimate shot at the division going into the season. The Pirates and Reds are insignificant, and the Astros can't seem to put together a full season lately. That leaves the Cubs, Brewers, and Cards, as you mentioned.
This season, I expect the Cubs and Cards to be the top two (given the Brewers lack of pitching). In a 6 team division, I consider that to be top heavy.
Hey, however it goes down, it's our fun to pass the summer until football starts up again.
I don't feel as bad about our rotation (especially if Carpenter can come back fulled rehabilitated) as I do about the middle of the rotation and for god's sakes a steady closer. I don't see our offense having much trouble again, I mean last year scoring runs was no problem and we were 10 games above .500 for 4th place in a rebuliding year in a really tough division. It was also great to get Khalil Greene, Cesar Isturis (ugh) great defender but basically useless with a bat...it was easy to see why the Cubs didn't want him.
Last year was supposed to be an absolute disaster of a season and they finished above .500. This year the expectations are right about where they finished last season, they will once again finish much higher than expectations. We don't buy a lineup, we develop a lineup, and it has always worked fine the way we do it. 10x World Series Championships, most recently 2006.