"There have been some games where we got behind by two runs and it felt like the energy was lacking at that point."
How's that for a revelation? The Dodgers are only 30 games into the season, when you would think energy would not be a problem, but their manager saw them surrendering when two runs down.
Maybe it's because Ted Lilly was pitching and they figured in another inning or two they'd be trailing by four.
"That last series was more of a constant going forward," Mattingly said. And wouldn't you expect the Dodgers to get a little pep in their step when taking on the Giants?
"I know you don't understand it," said Mattingly.
Hard to swallow hogwash, since the Dodgers were touted to be one of the great teams but so far are falling flat.
Now we're being told things are really looking up after losing three straight.
"Tell me about some of the injuries," said the Prime Ticket yahoo.
Once everyone got the not-so-subtle message that the Dodgers have been hurt by injuries, Mattingly was asked if he was giving his team a pep talk via the media.
"The feeling I'm having with this club right now is a pretty good feeling," he said. "I feel like we're moving in the right direction. I feel like we're getting ready to go somewhere."
The facts suggest the Dodgers are headed to last place in the division standings.
"Have you been listening to Mike Scioscia's interviews?" I asked Mattingly, now that he seems lost in denial.
How can anyone be encouraged by a Dodgers team that has done nothing but disappoint the last few years, ownership making no difference?
They now have a first baseman who says he will no longer be a power hitter and I had no idea James Loney had resurfaced. They have a second baseman and shortstop on the disabled list and never did have a qualified third baseman.
Matt Kemp is a lost soul with only one home run, and remember when folks thought Andre Ethier was a real force?
Chris Capuano was the Dodgers' starting pitcher, and as inconsistent as he has been, it's shocking he's not pitching for the Angels. Probably next season.
When I mentioned Capuano, that's when the Prime Ticket yahoo left. There is only so much one can do to pump up these Dodgers, Capuano apparently the limit.