Oh, but isn't it glorious to look up and see the collective ass of the rest of the league above you? Even the Expansion Fever-ridden half-team out in San Jose has climbed above us, and we've even played a game more than them!
There is such a thing as "taking time to gel". There is also "fading into obscurity". Which express train to the lower reaches of Dante's conflagration do you think we're aboard now? Change the coal or change the conductor? Your guess is as good as mine, but this kind of sustained crapitude is unacceptable.