The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their fair share of difficulties to deal with so far into the season, just as most Major League clubs do. Spurts of injuries have derailed the Dodgers’ starting rotation, bullpen and outfield. Starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are lost for the remainder of the season, and several relievers and Carl Crawford remain on the disabled list.
Despite some of the roster churning the Dodgers have been forced to do, the team isn’t looking for any excuses and continues to work on pulling out of ongoing funk. The Dodgers managed to win back-to-back games against the Chicago Cubs, scoring at least four runs in both wins. While it was a welcome sight, the Dodgers have proven they can score only to fall back into a drought.
It seems like long ago when all the bats in the lineup were in sync and everyone was contributing on a consistent basis.
While the offense has started and stalled time and time again over recent weeks, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said there isn’t any panic or blame being placed on one person, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
First and foremost, this mini-funk we’re in is all our faults — front office, coaching staff, players,” Friedman said. “But there’s no finger pointing. We’re all trying to figure out the best way we can get out of this as quickly as we can. There’s absolutely no panic in our group because we appreciate how talented our roster is.”
The drop in production has coincided with a drop in the team’s record. Friedman’s comments do align with what manager Don Mattingly and several players have said when pressed about the rough stretch. The Dodgers remain in first place of the National League West and have six more games on their road trip before returning home, where they’ve tended to play much better this season.