I like to think I'm reasonably critical and genuinely skeptical. Not in the least a pollyanna always trying to look on the bright side.
But the way many of the fans on this site discuss bullpen moves and the unpcoming schedule is blindly unforgiving in the case of the first and self-pityingly pessimistic in the case of the second.
Every time Macha makes a bullpen move and runs score he has failed (unless he put in Street or Duke) according to many of you. What nonsense. Do you think Witasick should pitch only when the game is decided. And Rincon. And Kennedy (oh, wait, Macha's initial faith in him proved many of you wrong). And Yabu (well, okay, he does do this with Yabu). My God, don't you realize that games are often tight and sometimes in tight games these guys will be out there? Can't you allow that just maybe in the 7th inning of a one-run game in Baltimore Jay Witasick might give up a run? Or is he dead for you now because of a few struggles. Should we just Yabu all our pitchers who might just not have an ERA under 2.00? It's insane.
And as for the schedule. Okay, we have to play the Angels and the Yankees and the Red Sox. And maybe when we face Seattle the one guy you fear might be on the mound. Deal with it. Don't you want us to earn our way into the playoffs? Shouldn't we have to beat these teams head to head to, uh, beat these teams out in the end and make the playoffs? Aren't you looking forward to the Yankee series? I think our schedule is a good thing and I for one welcome it. Let's go to Fenway and see what happens. Let's take on the Indians the same week. If we don't win more than we lose and miss the playoffs, so be it.
Like the rest of you, I won't love the team any less.