Obviously not a great east coast swing. The panic button looks awfully tempting right now. So let’s just give it a push: Ahhwooogaahh, aahhwooggahhh.
Right-handed bat! But who? And really more importantly, whom does that bat replace? It’s all fine and good to talk about more of this or that but the reality is: who’s better, that’s available, than we already have? In the outfield, I think Pagan is the most suspect, but that takes in both offense and defense. That said, I think he’s actually quite serviceable. Certainly not great but again, who are you going to get? Blanco has been struggling but he sure looks good for them in the leadoff spot when he’s going well. Crawford? Not all that many shortstops with power and average on the old trading block. Timmy Jim? I think it’s far more likely that he fixes what ails him than someone comes up from the minors and takes them to the promised land. Not saying he will fix it, just that for them to get to the playoffs it will more likely be because he found a way to get it done, not because we picked someone up at the trade deadline or brought someone up from the minors. For better or worse, I really think that this is what we’re going to work with. They might pick up a reliever. They might pick up a bat. But who is going to have to sit down is going to be the interesting question. I think that there are times when it’s useful to say: “you are it. Quit looking for someone else. You have the talent, you need to find the inspiration and get it done.”