It's crazy, right?
Yet that's the way it seems, the Dodgers sputtering through the first third of their season with an offense hardly resembling the explosive scoring machine that was anticipated.
While waiting for
"I think last year we probably saw it as much as anything, as Hanley goes — although Yasiel was a huge part of that last year — we kind of go, too," Mattingly said. "We've gotten Hanley at times, but I don't think he's been as consistent as he would like to be."
It isn't that Ramirez has been awful. He's been fine, which just is not what the Dodgers expect. Ramirez is batting .250 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs, the latter two both ranking third on the club.
The Dodgers expect — or at least hope — they would have the Ramirez who looked like the best player in the
But there have only been flashes of that Ramirez this year. He's been slowed by a sore calf, thumb and hand the first two months. In his last 18 games he's hit .212, but with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
He went two-for-four Friday in a 2-1 loss to the
"I love you guys, but not today," Ramirez said.
Mattingly suspects it might not be coincidence that the team, like Ramirez, has struggled to get on a sustained run.
"Hanley's been up and down, it seems like all year," Mattingly said. "He'll look good for a few games. He's kind of like us as a team.