"Basically, we're ... ," Mattingly said. "We're just not that good."
The Dodgers have lost six of their last eight games. They are only one game over .500 and trail the
The storied franchise with a $240-million payroll is 13-19 at
"Home, away, whatever," Mattingly said. "I don't know what that has to do with it."
The Dodgers looked particularly helpless on this night, as they were limited to a hit over the first seven innings, a bunt single by
Mattingly had little to say about the loss and called on his players to be accountable.
"I really think you should talk to them," he said. "I'm tired of answering the questions, honestly."
Before the game, Mattingly implied some of his players were more concerned about themselves than they were about the team.
Asked about how
Mattingly said he wasn't blaming the situation in the outfield, where Kemp, Crawford and
Hanley Ramirez is in the final year of his contract and continues to wait for an extension. He is batting .253 and ranks among the worst defensive shortstops in the majors. For his part, Ramirez has said his uncertain future hasn't affected his play.
Furthermore, the bullpen has lacked consistency.
Mattingly is looking for the Dodgers to recapture the feeling that helped them turn around their season last year.
"I think when we were starting to put things together last year, you felt a real, true team focus, just a collective group," Mattingly said.
That group lost three role players who were major clubhouse influences:
Mattingly recalled a favorite saying of former manager Tom Lasorda.
"Tommy says it all the time, and it seems corny at times, but he says, 'We all have to get on one end of the rope,' " Mattingly said. "But as many times as you've heard Tommy say it, it's absolutely true. When that group gets going in one direction and that focus is purely to win a game no matter who gets the attention or who gets this or who gets that, I think it's always better.