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This team never plays without passion or energy, but they went 14-14 last September with 91 wins to win the central. Right now they are 13-7 this September with 92 wins and likely will have to come close to winning out to get into the wild card spot. The team is different and the scenarios are way different. To me personally it felt like going into the playoffs it was more of the we got this and they let their guard down while this season they have been fighting all of September and mentally they are ready for the playoffs because of it. Not a knock on the players but they just didn't have that same attitude in my mind at the end of the season as they do now.

I also feel the young guys we have like Plesac have also helped with their attitudes keep this team together. They had to go through so much and I think that has made this unit stronger plus when you have rookies like Plesac who aren't afraid to go after anyone then guys added like Reyes (who from what I can has a big smile and likes to keep things fun) and Puig, who has a ton of passion and attitude as well. This team I feel even with the injuries may be more dangerous than the better rosters we have in 17 and 18 just because of the way the clubhouse is in my mind.
But that's what you imply when you say they were on cruise control. Perhaps you're not saying what you mean?
 

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But that's what you imply when you say they were on cruise control. Perhaps you're not saying what you mean?
My understanding is that he was talking about last year re: cruise control and this year re: always plays with passion.

Just my two cents, but I have long thought that sports message board interactions would be more civil if everyone read every post as though it began with "In my opinion . . ."
 

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My understanding is that he was talking about last year re: cruise control and this year re: always plays with passion.

Just my two cents, but I have long thought that sports message board interactions would be more civil if everyone read every post as though it began with "In my opinion . . ."
Bingo bunghole
 

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I've always found it to be a lame argument to say that a team is "lacking energy" or "playing without passion" just because they're losing, or not playing as well as you want them to.

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It's an especially weird argument for baseball. Football, basketball to some extent, and hockey require a lot more passion.

Baseball, to me at least, is a bit more like golf. It's more technique driven than the other sports (not saying there isn't technique in the other sports). Playing "too hard" is much worse thing in baseball as opposed to other sports.
 

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Currently tied with the Rays for that second wild card spot. This has been a fun and frustrating ride. Let’s get this.
However this plays out i am pleased how this season played out. We rebuilt 4/5 of the rotation and this not miss a beat
Found a centerfielder for the next few years
Imo Oscar is going to be a star
Bauer trade was excellent. Have a power hitter in reyes until
2025
Might have found a closer in karinchak
Will clear bauer ets kipnis and salazar salariesAnd more. Just a solid lud organization
 

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The 2014 Giants were 13-12 in September and lost 9 of their final 15 games. Won the World Series

The 2015 Royals were 15-17 in September and won their final 5 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Astros were 18-11 in September and won 15 of their final 19. Won the World Series

The 2018 Red Sox were 15-11 in September and lost 5 of their final 8 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Dodgers went 13-17 in September and the 2018 Dodgers went 19-9 in September. Both teams made the World Series

Notice a trend? I don't either
 

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My understanding is that he was talking about last year re: cruise control and this year re: always plays with passion.

Just my two cents, but I have long thought that sports message board interactions would be more civil if everyone read every post as though it began with "In my opinion . . ."
Ok, that makes sense. Still, it's a firm disagree from me.

Was Jose slumping because he was in cruise control?

Did Cody Allen and Andrew Miller fall apart mentally and physically because they weren't trying hard enough?

The list goes on...
 

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The 2014 Giants were 13-12 in September and lost 9 of their final 15 games. Won the World Series

The 2015 Royals were 15-17 in September and won their final 5 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Astros were 18-11 in September and won 15 of their final 19. Won the World Series

The 2018 Red Sox were 15-11 in September and lost 5 of their final 8 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Dodgers went 13-17 in September and the 2018 Dodgers went 19-9 in September. Both teams made the World Series

Notice a trend? I don't either
There's literally a pinned thread in this section debunking the myths surrounding playoff baseball with the whole idea of "playing well down the stretch=more playoff success"
 

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The 2014 Giants were 13-12 in September and lost 9 of their final 15 games. Won the World Series

The 2015 Royals were 15-17 in September and won their final 5 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Astros were 18-11 in September and won 15 of their final 19. Won the World Series

The 2018 Red Sox were 15-11 in September and lost 5 of their final 8 games. Won the World Series

The 2017 Dodgers went 13-17 in September and the 2018 Dodgers went 19-9 in September. Both teams made the World Series

Notice a trend? I don't either
I do!

They all made the playoffs.
 

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I disagree on the idea that they were on 'cruise control'- the Tribe was flat out outplayed and out-talented by the Stros. The back of the bullpen was torched, outside of Hand. Ramirez had turned back into a pumpkin. The Stros rotation outpitched ours. It wasnt cruise control- it was obvious shortcomings and a good, old fashioned ass kicking.
 

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