posted by Heretic
At some point shouldn't actual performance play more of a role in determining a team's postseason potential than simply having good arms? Perez has been great in his role and Hand is a very good option, but the rest of the pen is mediocre at best, with the two guys expected to be the leaders at the beginning of the season (Miller, Allen) having horrible seasons by their standards due to injuries or plain ineffectiveness. Sure, if everyone pitches at their peak, I'd agree, but it seems to be one hell of a leap of faith to think that switch is magically going to be flipped after 162 games of inconsistency and mediocrity. Cleveland's hopes reside in their starting pitching going deep constantly and their offense flipping a switch, since some of those guys have fallen off somewhat over the past month or so.