Good thing Los Angeles is a hockey town. Otherwise more might be noticing the continued disintegration of those “cruddy”
I was standing in the clubhouse after yet another Dodgers' home loss this week and a player walked up to me and said quietly, "This is hard to watch."
Hard to watch if you're part of it, hard to watch if you're paid to do it, hard if you're a fan, and apparently particularly hard if you're their manager.
And he let that be known before the game, when asked how
"I'm not thinking about any of that right now. Honestly, so tired of talking about individual guys instead of talking about us as a club and how we are going to win games. There's so much focus on individual guys that we've gotten away from, 'What's the team doing? How are we going to win games?'"
Then the Dodgers went out and managed two entire
"Basically, we're [cruddy]. We're just not that good."
Not that Mattingly is letting the Dodgers’ underwhelming performance get to him. The Dodgers finished their homestand 4-6, fell to 31-30 overall and, after the
That does sound an awful lot like a cruddy team.
How could this be? How could this talent-laden offense just not seem to get going? Their numbers don’t look so awful. In May they were first in the
They're tied for fourth in the league when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position. Their starting rotation has a 3.27 ERA. And yet they plod along, common as a pigeon when they were built to soar like an eagle.
If this is just some passing slump -- they’ve lost six of eight -- then things could turn at any time. They open a three-game series in Colorado on Friday and the
But if this current uninspired play continues much longer, bet that fingers will start to point. Build the most expensive team in baseball history and expectations tend to rise -- and with them, corresponding pressure.