The Gunner wrote this week and you should read some of his thoughts: (Courtesy of Gunner) “Bucs should be BUYERS at the trade deadline. The competition within the division this year is w-e-a-k. The Team is just 1.5 games behind the WS champs and Cards, WITHOUT their All-Star outfielder (Marte) and last season’s HR leader (Gangnam style).
Which team will be the biggest winner at the trade deadline? Cubbies adding Verlander? No…. Bucs adding an All-Star outfielder at no cost (Marte). If Bucs play Jay-Hay at 2B and platoon Osuna and Freese at 3B, they just need to add one starting pitcher and a middle relief pitcher to be contenders. The Brew Crew are pretenders. The Cubbies starting rotation is in trouble. Only the Cards stand in our way.
But, will the Bucs add talent at the deadline, to put them on top? Have they done so in the past? To ask the question answers it. Cue the sound of Crickets.
While the Bucs SHOULD be cautious BUYERS at the deadline (since they have the core to succeed and because the competition within the division this year is weak ), they won’t due to the penny-pinching owner, Nutt-case, the cynical management who gives the fans “bread and circuses” but doesn’t provide the team manager a winning team roster, and the incompetence of NH.
Only a change in ownership can save this Pirate ship from sinking beneath the waves (again).” (this is the end of Gunners’ thoughts)
I find the Gunner articulates the frustration of the average fan and likely the frustration of a small market team with a cheapo owner. I will add that we have an incompetent manager in Clint Hurdle. He’s not a situational manager but rather a juggler with the circus big top music playing in the background.