Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Los Angeles Dodgers sit in first place of the National League West and are closing in on their second division title in as many years. At worst, the Dodgers figure to be in position for a Wild Card game.
With footage surfacing of Matt Kemp yelling at Yasiel Puig in the dugout during the sixth inning of Monday’s win, talk of the differing personalities and egos that encompass the Dodgers’ roster was at the forefront of headlines.
Are the Dodgers a group that doesn’t get along? Carl Crawford said at times, but it’s normal, via the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett:
I definitely wouldn’t say it’s dysfunctional. You spend so much time together over the course of the season something is bound to happen. Any team that say everyone gets along all the time is lying to you. That one just happened to get caught on camera.”
A.J. Ellis didn’t take issue with the altercation given the team-first message it carried:
The thinking was it potentially cost us a run in that game and could create habits that could cost us a run in the future,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “For me, it was good because that was about the L.A. Dodgers. It wasn’t about personal stats or individual things.”
The season certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park for the Dodgers or manager Don Mattingly. He again was forced to juggle four outfielders, five if you include Scott Van Slyke, and recently found trouble in helping Puig break out of his slump.
The Dodgers may be a group of players that don’t necessarily mesh together in the best possible way, but they’ve gotten along well enough to put themselves in position for another postseason run.
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