The Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to be at the very least, competitive this season. Right now they sit in last place in the National League West division, with a 13-20 record.
“I’ve seen L.A.,” the Dodgers manager said. “They got rid of Mike Brown. It was his fault. Now it’s (Mike) D’Antoni’s fault. It’s always the head guy’s fault. I saw it in New York too. They would fire the manager every year.
Mattingly may be the fall guy for things that are out of his control.
The Dodgers have been hit with the injury bug harder than any team in the National League. Hanley Ramirez had a thumb injury, and shortly after returning from that, he injured his hamstring. Offseason acquisition Zack Grienke is out due to a broken collar bone that he suffered during a scrum. Chad Billingsley is out due to Tommy John surgery, while Adrian Gonzales has had nagging injuries of his own. Jerry Hairston was recently placed on the disabled list. Not to mention that Mark Ellis and Ted Lily are injured as well.
Injuries are a part of sports. Teams hope to manage those injures as well as the New York Yankees have so far. The depleted Yankees are 20-13 and on top of their division. Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter have yet to have an at-bat this season.
The problem for Mattingly and the Dodgers is that the players who are healthy are not producing. They have only scored 111 runs thus far this season — only the Chicago White Sox and the lowly Miami Marlins have scored less. The team is lacking in the power department, only hitting 23 home runs thus far and struggle to hit with men in scoring position. The team is batting .213 with runners in scoring position.
This could be the weekend that the Dodgers begin to figure things out. Nothing in baseball these days can help a struggling team better than a visit from the Marlins. The Marlins are 10-25. They are just what the doctor ordered for the team to get their confidence back.
“It’s like I tell my players: You’ve got to turn the page,” Mattingly said. “When it’s going bad, it’s tough to turn the page. The negative wears you down and eats you up.”
If the players do not find a way to turn the page this weekend, management may turn the page on the Mattingly.
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