The Dodgers return home tonight to face the St. Louis Cardinals and it doesn’t seem like that will stop the rumors that manager Don Mattingly is on very thin ice.
While Dodgers management has supported Mattingly in recent days, many still believe that he won’t last the season in Los Angeles. One possible destination is the Washington Nationals as Mattingly was almost hired by general manager Mike Rizzo, but never interviewed for the job before it was given to Davey Johnson.
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com says Mattingly could be an option for the Nationals:
Mattingly wouldn’t be as sure a bet to replace the retiring Davey Johnson as Gonzalez was to replace the retiring Bobby Cox in Atlanta three years back. But the connections are there. Rizzo, not surprisingly, didn’t want to come anywhere near discussing Mattingly or the Nationals’ succession plans for Johnson when CBSSports.com colleague Jon Heyman spoke to him this week. Mattingly still has a job, and the Nationals still remain fully focused on 2013, not 2014.
Knobler and Heyman seem to be trying to manufacture a story, but it’s worth noting that Mattingly’s job security has many in baseball already picking his next destination.
The Dodgers schedule doesn’t get any easier, but getting pitcher Zack Greinke back and getting incredible starts from Clayton Kershaw will allow the Dodgers offense extra time to start clicking.
It’s looking more and more likely that Mattingly won’t be fired and that he’s going to hold the team more accountable. He benched outfielder Andre Ethier in favor of Scott Van Slyke and the move paid off as Van Slyke had two hits.
Hopefully the team is getting its act together as they come into play tonight 19-26 and six games behind first-place San Francisco.