hey man, sorry to take up diary space, but I wanted to address your question from a few days back asking me "where are the holes?"
Well, let's see .... LF - we have a -- let's just say "below average" -- defensive player out there who manages to cost the team about 2 runs a week (conservatively.) He hits less than .200 vs. RHP, which there are a lot of in the league.
1B - we have a "power" spot being taken up by a great guy -- don't get me wrong -- but someone who will be lucky to hit 15 home runs this year. We need a 1B that can be counted on for 30 HR's minimum. This is a prime "power spot" on the field -- if you're not getting it somewhere else, your 1B has to have pop.
2B -- not a gaping "hole" to be sure, but with the team hitting as anemically as it is, the 3-headed Ellis/Scutaro/Ginter monster is adequate at best. With a power threat in LF and 1B, this spot isn't so bad, however.
Currently, of course, until healthy, we have a gigantic hole at SS. Enough said. That MIGHT be filled if Crosby comes back whole, but how long will that take?
3B -- Well, you know how I feel about Mr. Chavez. Definitely not a "hole," but he'll be lucky to hit 30 HR's this year, and that's IF he heats up. Chavez will finish with 20-25 HR's tops, with 70-80 RBI. Horrific season for someone with his potential and contract.
Closer - I definitely don't think Dotel is as bad as the last two days might indicate, but "he ain't too hot," either. Velocity way down, and the slider nonexistent. Huge hole here.
So, are we the Royals? No. But far too many holes to compete for the title this year IMO.
Hey, not the end of the world. That's why I like the idea of making moves that look to strengthen us for NEXT season.