Live discussion: How to fix the Dodgers

Join Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez today at 11:30 a.m. for a live video discussion of the Dodgers and what ails them. You can ask questions of Hernandez during the chat.

The Dodgers lost their fifth in a row Monday night. As Hernandez wrote,

“The most expensive team in baseball history is in last place.


“After a 9-2 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers are now looking up at every other team in the National League West.

“That includes the San Diego Padres, who are spending less than a third of the record $230 million the Dodgers (13-18) are paying their players this season. The Padres (14-18) moved into fourth place with a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

“It’s very frustrating,” Carl Crawford said.

“Not even Manager Don Mattingly, who was encouraged by how his team looked as it was swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend, could say anything positive about the Dodgers’ fifth consecutive defeat.

“It was a sloppy game,” Mattingly said. “We made too many mistakes.”