Mental.

There’s talk about struggles and contagiousness and postgame meetings and trade deadline sparring and the big punch and rehab assignments and “mental breaks” and the superstar “not being able to share everything with you guys – when the time is right, I’ll be honest with you, you’ll be right in the loop” and “chew on that and think about it” and, hey, at least he’s not throwing his bat as much and here come the Angels (to town) and here come the A’s (really?) and stranded runners and six-out innings and the squandered opportunities column and faulty memories and Twitter snark and, seriously, what the heck and, yeah, I’m out of wind and out of ideas.

“We need a good pitcher,” says the manager.  But he said more.

“We need a lot of things . . . . It’s obvious we need to get better.  Everybody does, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Maybe the offense, maybe the pitching, maybe the defense, maybe the trade front.  Maybe not even all of it and things will be fine, which they may be anyway, but at least they’ll start to feel fine again.

“It’s obvious we need to get better,” the manager says.

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