Dodgers News: Frustrated Mattingly Says ‘We’re Just Not That Good’
Following a second straight loss to the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly was unhappy with the result.
On consecutive nights, the offense was held to just one run and the team fell to 13-19 at home on the season. The Dodgers are now just one game over .500 and fell to eight games behind the San Francisco Giants.
Mattingly had some choice words after the game via SportsNet LA:
Home, away, whatever. I don’t know if that’s got anything to do with it. Just being basically [expletive]. We’re just not that good.”
Mattingly was visibly frustrated with the loss and looked uncomfortable answering questions. At one point, the Dodger manager once again voiced his displeasure with having to talk about the offense and their struggles:
I really think you should talk to them. I’m tired of answering questions honestly.”
Against left-hander John Danks, the offense managed just two hits and both came off the bat of Dee Gordon. The second baseman had a bunt single in the first and a ground-ball double in the eighth. Their only run came on a force-out grounder off the bat of Hanley Ramirez. Yasiel Puig was moved back into the second spot of the order to shake up the lineup, but he went hitless.
Mattingly may be feeling the same way he felt last season when the team struggled to start the season and he found himself on the hot seat. After signing a three-year extension in the off-season, it would appear that his job is safe for the time being. The Dodgers head to Colorado and Cincinnati for their next two series before returning home. They will need to start taking more series and improving their play at home if they have aspirations of catching the Giants before the season ends.
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I know why they suck, it’s because they have too many starting pitchers, too many star closers, and too many star outfielders. This is what happens when you overload of team of egos not setting them aside. The St. Louis Cardinals made it to the World Series because they had a boat load of minor league talent within the minors. I think the one to blame in this situation is Ned Colletti. Considering the fact that he has made great moves over the years, this year I think is his most challenging year because there is a lot of pressure to win. However, if signing Puig was a top priority before the Guggenheim group came in then why did they resign Ethier? There was no way he would have know about the future of Matt Kemp which has been kind of joke because for $20 million dollars a year he’s really making a big effort becoming the highest paid bench player in the league. Carl Crawford hasn’t really thrilled me either. The guy has lost all of his production as a professional baseball player. He’s slow, he can barely hit and he’s injured prone. I would say the same for Kemp because Kemp has been injured prone the last two years.