What can be said about tonight’s game that couldn’t be said about any of the rest of the season? The starting pitching was good, but not great — okay, I guess you can’t say that when Josh Beckett or Ted Lilly pitch — but a woeful offense couldn’t be counted on to generate any excitement outside of one inning. That’s another 2-12 with runners in scoring position tonight, and in particular another 0-3 for Luis Cruz, who absolutely cannot be on the roster when the first pitch is thrown tomorrow night.
If we’re looking for positives, Kenley Jansen was absolutely filthy in striking out the side in his one inning of work, and pinch-hitting appearances by Adrian Gonzalez & Jerry Hairston should indicate that their woes aren’t serious.
That said, it feels like grasping at straws to try and find anything good from this. It’s only May 5 and the season remains long, but this malaise has to end, and soon. I’m still not on board the “fire Don Mattingly” train — you know why by now — yet I can’t really fault those who are desperate for some sort of change.