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Let’s take the gold blinders off and use our therapy words.
We’ve taken a look at the roster, the schedule, and the conference — now all that’s left to do is to project out the season. Today, we’re giving out our hurt-by-Atlanta-sports-too-many-times pessimistic takes.
The team is ravaged by injures, the young players fail to develop, and the schedule is just too difficult. The team fails to make the NCAA tournament.
The bare minimum expectation this season is to make the NCAA tournament. Any deviation from that is a massive disappointment. Andrew makes a good point — maybe throwing a bunch of young players into the fire versus a very difficult schedule goes poorly. Maybe we don’t find a power hitter on the roster. Maybe our “professional” hitters Waddell, Guldberg, and Webb regress back to the mean. Maybe our bullpen suffers a rash of injuries mid-season and finds itself unable to finish off games. There’s an infinite number of rabbit holes you could go down here, and all of them make me sick.
The freshmen don’t step up. The pitching, or what’s left of it from last year’s draft, doesn’t come along. Center field defense isn’t there. Salvaging a .500 season does not a tournament team make.
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