Struggle to hit, and then struggle some more, you do what you can. A manager can’t just say please.
He can try some more hit-and-run, or base stealing or bunting, though those options are somewhat limited by the power four in the middle of the order.
Or he can shake up the lineup.
Which is what Manager Don Mattingly did, sort of, prior to Thursday’s series opener against the Cardinals.
That’s not to say he moved his current hottest hitter, Luis Cruz, up in the order, but he did move Andre Ethier to the second spot and dropped Shane Victorino to sixth.
When a team’s had just two hits with runners in scoring position in its last 30 at-bats and averaged 1.4 runs and 5.6 hits over the past five games, it's not like any move can really backfire.