We have answered a shit ton of questions since last year.So there are a dozen games left in the season without a frontline starter where there were tons of opportunities to find out the answers to those questions. And I don't think we're any closer to knowing than we were at this point last year. Whitlock still looks like someone who could start or relieve, but always gets injured. Houck still struggles after the 5th inning. Crawford still mixes brilliance with utter garbage. Bringing in someone who was better than all of them to give 180 innings wouldn't have hurt anyone else's chances to help the team and may have resulted in a playoff appearance.
Is Brayan Bello capable of being a top starter, maybe even an ace? Yes
Is Connor Wong capable of being an every day catcher? Yes
Is Triston Casas capable of hitting at this level? Yes
Is Josh Winckowski capable of pitching at this level? Yes
Is Kutter Crawford capable of pitching at this level? Yes
Can Tanner Houck be a starter at this level? Yes
Can Whitlock be a starter at this level? No
Those questions have been replaced with questions about Casas' defense, Rafaela's offense, Wilyer Abreu, and other things I'm missing right now.
We know a lot more than we did a year ago.