Three days after the Phillies' World Series dreams were shattered, cooler heads are beginning to prevail. But even with cool heads, Beerleaguers appear split on whether the NLDS loss should be a springboard for change. Here's one side of the coin ...
"All you can do is build a team to make the playoffs. If the players don't play well in those 5 games, what else can you do? The best hitter on the team hit .211. The cleanup hitter hit .105. The typically reliable catcher (.283/.371 during the year) hit .059. One of your Cy Young candidates was spotted a 4 run lead and gave up 5.
"Aside from the age issues going forward, this team is built to make the playoffs. The way to build a team to make the World Series is: build a team to make the playoffs, and hope the players play as well in the playoffs as they did during the year. If they don't, it doesn't matter how well your team is constructed." - DH Phils
"The truth is, this team can contend, whoever's in our lineup, and as currently constituted we have one of the better offenses in the NL. And when you have that much money locked up in the rotation, you're not going to be able to buy a great offense. So outside of some tinkering around the edges, I don't think there's much that we can or even should do." - Tray
"I'd love for someone to explain to me how you build a team that will get hot and be healthy at precisely the right moment in October. Does anyone think the 2011 Cardinals are better than the 2011 Phillies? Or that the 2010 Giants were better than the 2010 Phillies? Or that the 2006 Cardinals were better than the 2006 Tigers? Or that the 2003 Marlins were better than the 2003 Yankees? Or that the 2001 Yankees were better than the 2001 Mariners? Or that the 1990 Reds were better than the 1990 A's? Or that the 1960 Pirates were better than the 1960 Yankees? Or that...ad nauseum, ad infinitum." - Clout