Maybe we just aren’t that good? Maybe a lot of us were wrong? Maybe they’re just in a slump compounded by injuries? It’s hard to say.
What isn’t hard to say is that we got ass blasted by a bad team. 3-1 isn’t a terrible score, but what that score doesn’t tell you is that a team predicted to lose 100 games held us to four hits. FOUR HITS.
We got four hits off Caleb Smith, Tyler Kinley, Jose Quijada, Drew Steckenrider, Tayron Guerrero and Sergio Romo. The only two of these guys I remember are Steckenrider because that name and Romo because 2014. Otherwise, WTF are these guys. Ugh.
Our only run came from a Sean Rodriguez solo homer in the second.
What’s been made clear recently is that our lineup, while good when whole, is not good at the moment. Injuries keeping Odubel Herrera and Jean Segura (and his backup!) out of the lineup and potentially slowing Andrew McCutchen are not doing this team any favors. The offense was clearly built around five guys (those three plus Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper), and could be fine with a couple of them slumping at once... but when two are injured and three are slumping, it’s irrecoverable.
Even Aaron Nola wasn’t great, with seven hits and only four strikeouts in six and 2⁄3 innings. We need our starters back, fully, if we’re going to win.