Thursday, July 25, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, July 24, 2019 -- "The Giants"

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"The Giants haven’t made the playoffs since 2016, and they’re not going to make the playoffs in 2019. A hot streak driven mostly by good results in extra-inning and one-run games doesn’t change what they are: An old team without enough hitters or starting pitching, just getting by with a very good bullpen. Getting fooled by three weeks of results, becoming overly invested in this roster at a cost to the 2021-24 teams that will actually be good, would be a mistake. The Giants shouldn’t be buying, and they shouldn’t be holding. They should still be selling off their incredibly valuable free-agents-to-be in an effort to make a real run at a championship, not a quixotic one."