When the season began at the start of April, the Los Angeles Dodgers possessed what could only be described as an excess of quality pitching. It was an embarrassment of riches; an overindulgence of their sport's most valuable resource.
By the third day of May, they suddenly didn't have enough of it.
This is not an indictment of the Dodgers so much as it is a glaring example of pitching's fragility, further exacerbated by the unprecedented innings jump after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season that still vexes most of the industry.
When Dustin May opted to have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the Dodgers were left with four healthy starting pitchers.