WASHINGTON — It seemed only fitting that the
In the span of 10 days and nine games the Dodgers endured a rainout followed by a 21-inning doubleheader in Minneapolis, two rain delays totaling 4 hours 57 minutes in Washington, and a pair of extra-inning games — one that lasted more than five hours and another that lasted more than four.
It was such an arduous journey that Manager
And that was before the Dodgers lost Wednesday's chilly matinee to the
"Miami was good every day there," Mattingly offered cheerily before explaining why.
"Indoors," he said.
But even the retractable roof over
"It doesn't feel like there's any good coming out of it at this point," Mattingly finally said in summing up the trip. "I don't want to accept that just because you had some tough travel and you had some tough games that that changes anything. Because those games in Minnesota are over.
"You get your rest, you reload and you go. That's just what our game calls for. You travel a lot. You play a lot.
"There's been a lot of good things that have happened on the trip. There's been things that we're not that happy about. It's kind of like the season so far."
A season that, in Mattingly's estimation, has been maddeningly inconsistent. The Dodgers' rotation, for example, entered Wednesday with the best record in baseball. But their bullpen has the most losses.
Only two second basemen have more errors than
"You can't sit here and say you're totally disappointed with the way we're playing. But you can't really sit here and say we're really happy with the way things are going," the manager said. "We feel like we're better than this. We've been inconsistent offensively. We've been consistently not very good defensively.
"It's not been great. But we feel like we're in the pack. We're OK."
And if the road trip was representative of the season, then Wednesday's finale was reflective of the trip.
For starters, it was delayed 100 minutes by rain. Then both teams slogged through a strange first inning in which the Dodgers sent seven men to the plate against
Strasburg then got 12 of the next 13 Dodgers while Haren retired nine of 10 Nationals before giving up another run in the fifth on
A big difference, as it turned out, because though the Dodgers boarded their charter having won five of nine games on the trip, they've lost four of their last five series.
"I know we swept Minnesota but it seems like it was weeks ago," Haren said of the Dodgers' three-game series with the
"We're definitely not playing to our potential. We're just more like treading water right now."