Having Verdugo or Kike is fine in a vacuum. Having an outfield that can't produce a single player that cap put up an 800 ops is a terrible idea.You mean the Outfield that had Kike and Verdugo, both of whom played well last year? As for the JBJ trade, there might have been another shoe that was suppose to drop that never did, but it wasn't the craziest assumption to think JBJ could provide OK offense and stellar defense. As for the pitching staff, Evoldi or Sale was suppose to be their number two. If Sale hadn't gotten injured it would have been
Sale did get injured and guess who stepped in? Wacha. As for the bullpen, most people acknowledge that bullpen pitchers are temperamental. One year they are great and the next they suck, but I will say it would have been nice for Bloom to step in and stop Cora from relying so heavily on the bullpen early in the season. As for the injury angle being overplayed, are you saying injuries can't affect a team? If the Dodgers or Yanks had almost their entire starting rotation on the DL do you think they would have still made the playoffs?
Wacha proves, not disproves, my point. If Wacha plays at his career average level they're not even a 70 win team. There was no point where Sale could have started the season with the team.
My point is that the main reason the big league club sucks is not the injuries -- it's poor roster construction