Originally Posted by RedsFanInBama
Johnny pitched ok, but it was a below average performance FOR HIM. That Dodgers' lineup isn't full of world beaters at the moment. Obviously the loss isn't on him, but it wasn't a stellar outing.
His first outing on this road trip wasn't up to his usual standards either. It's not that he pitched particularly badly, it's that he hasn't been as dominant in these last two starts as he has been iin previous ones.
Perhaps he's getting a little tired and needs a break. If it was me I'd consider skipping his start in San Diego (letting LeCure have the start) and give him a good long rest through the break and let him come out fresh and ready to shut down the Cards at home.