What do you attribute the slow start to?
Pick an area, and you can find fault. The offense sputtered during the opening week, and in the four-game series where they were just swept in New York, no starting pitcher worked more than 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen has been taxed, and there have been some defensive and mental lapses. So it's not one thing. But to snap out of it and get rolling, the starting pitching has to set the tone. It will be a challenge because Henderson Alvarez is on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder.