Mattingly attempts the old "Hey, there's mustard on your shirt" gag
on Mike Bolsinger during a visit to the mound
Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 1.59) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 7.65)
Hasn't Bolsinger pitched like three times already this week? He's going to need to sack up today in order to get the series split with a team who came into the stand having lost its last ten games. And a stand the featured our 1 and 1A starters. And a team whose all-world SS Troy Tool is battling yet another injury and missing playing time.
All of us will need to have a stiff Bloody Mary or two and knock the funk off yesterday's frustrating loss. However, it seems imminently doable given that Kyle Kendrick has been very poor thus far this season (please tell me that Howie Kendrick is in today's lineup so we can note a Kendrick-Kendrick matchup). Bolsinger will need to forget about that 478-foot bomb he gave up to Stanton earlier in the week but perhaps keep some nugget of a memory of it when he faces the always-dangerous Karina's Crush.
Not a lot to write home about in this one. Hopefully Mattingly put out his Sunday lineup yesterday and we'll see a robust set of bats (including Gonzalez, Pederson, and Grandal) out there leading into the off day tomorrow.
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