The pitching staff may be "better", but it is still the worst starting rotation in the AL, and the 2nd worse in baseball (the only rotation with a higher ERA plays half its games a mile high).
They have also gone, something like 340+ games without a 10+ K performance by a starting pitcher.
Until they either:
A) Bring in some MUCH better pitchers. Hughes is a good start, but as the overall staff numbers show, he does little to improve the staff as a whole.
B: Bring in a field staff that can "do more with less", a la Oakland's smoke and mirror act to somehow get pretty good results out of Tommy Milone's pedestrian stuff, or likewise for Vance Worley in both Philly and Pittsburgh.
This team is not going anywhere meaningful anytime soon.
Yeah, it's great that we have good prospects. But prospects don't always pan out, and even now our best pitching prospect is going on 25 years old, and is still not good enough to make the, arguably, worst pitching staff in all of baseball.
Edited by Mr. Brooks, 17 August 2014 - 03:23 PM.