Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Post-Game 21 Thread: My, Sure? Oh, No.

(Holy smokes, I had never really listened to these lyrics or understood the backstory. Yikes.


Landon Knack's major league debut wasn't that bad: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB and 4 Ks. But those two runs in the first were enough for the Nationals to coast to victory, facing a Dodgers lineup that was positively awful--shut out for the first time since July of last year. Here's the line score:

1 Betts 0-for-4
2 Ohtani 3-for-4--the only bright spot today
3 Freeman 0-for-3
4 Smith 0-for-4 with 2 Ks
5 Muncy 1-for-4 with a K
6 T Hernandez 0-for-3 with a 2 Ks
7 Outman / Hernandez: combined 1-for-3
8 Pages 0-for-3 with 2 Ks
9 Lux 0-for-3 with 2 Ks

That's a combined 5-for-31 with 8 Ks. We were 0-for-7 with RISP today and 6 team LOB.

In the series, we were 3-for-20 with RISP. And this is against the Nationals.

The bottom of our lineup isn't just a problem, it's a set of concrete boots that is dragging us to the bottom of the abyss with accelerating speed. While the top three in our order seem to only get hits in alternating fashion (never stringing hits with all three of them together), the bottom 7-9 slots are just tragic. We've rotated five guys through those three spots: Outman, K Hernandez, Pages, Lux, and Taylor--none of whom has a batting average above .200, and all of whom strike out an awful lot.

We're 21 games into this season. It's time for those five players to step up or get the heck out of the lineup.

Teoscar Hernandez, by the way, is on the precipice of joining the 7-9 players with his rapidly declining potency. His game-ending K today, his second of the day, was pathetic: feebly swinging on a ball waaaaaay outside.

This marks the third series loss in the last four series (only taking two of three in Minnesota). The Dodgers get a day off before hosting the Mets. How about some of those guys hit the batting cage? Maybe hit of a tee a bit?