Since the Dodgers had their air-out meeting in Milwaukee, the team hasn’t taken off the way general manager Ned Colletti or president Stan Kasten expected.
Bit by the injury bug throughout the season, the Dodgers have seen Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford go down with injuries, but have gotten the spark needed from outfielder Yasiel Puig.
However, Colletti spoke to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times about if anything has changed regarding Don Mattingly’s status as manager:
“If you see people stopped, you’ve got to think a different way,” Colletti said. “I don’t think we’ve seen anybody stop. We’re still trying to get our team on the field. When you lose as many players as we’ve lost — move people from part time to full time, from position to position, in different spots in the batting order — you need things to go well to survive.”
Time isn’t on the Dodgers side as they’re 9.5 games behind first place Arizona and aren’t playing well against the NL West as they’ve accumulated a 10-23 record.
Help is on the way as Kemp started a rehab assignment yesterday at Albuquerque as the Dodgers look to finally see their off-season plan on the field.
Besides Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the backend of the Dodgers rotation hasn’t provided the secondary support necessary to compete.
Not to mention the bullpen has blown several victories and the Dodgers have significantly underperformed throughout the season.
It’s not surprising that Colletti and management are behind Mattingly as an in-season firing doesn’t always translate in baseball, but once the team finally gets healthy, Mattingly is on the clock.
While help looks to be on the way, the Dodgers need to put together a long winning streak or else Mattingly might be looking for another job after the season.