Let's see what this team has - right here, right now. Let's not wait until June or August. If this is yet another collapsed season of garage sales and disappointment - if we'll go into late July as sellers, rather than contenders - so be it.
Let's do it now, not later. Let's see what we've got in the hearts of this team, rather than always be blathering about "potential." Our minor leagues are filled with "potential." (Just like every other team.) Right here, right now... let's get a bead on what 2017 can deliver.
Thus far, it's been nothing but pain. In the last 48 hours, we have lost our best young hitters (Sanchez and Bird), our best pitching prospect (Kaprielian), and probably the most intriguing prospect in our system (Dillon Tate, the high-ceiling pitcher we obtained from Texas last summer for Carlos Beltran; he's out with a shoulder injury.) We have lost four miserable games, each one a waterboarding session. Our rotation is terrible, and the bullpen is getting there.
The only positive thus far is that it's too early to give up. But every hopeful '17 projection came with the whispered caveat that this team's young players needed a good start - that we couldn't afford to fall behind in April/May, and now - well - it might be happening, right before our eyes.
So let's test this team - right here, right now. Let's see what we've got. It's too early to panic, but not to search our souls. Today's AL division leaders are Baltimore, Minnesota and the Angels - none will last long. Win a couple games, and all the terror goes away. Win a few, and by Easter, we can be laughing about this. But Gary Sanchez won't be catching. And something better change fast.