After losing to the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in extra innings Tuesday, it marked a third straight series in which the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the first two games of the set. Furthermore, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last 10 and are now only one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants heading into play on Wednesday.
The lack of run production has been one of the main culprits of the Dodgers’ recent struggles. Manager Don Mattingly again acknowledged the offensive shortage, but remains confident in his players and their ability to turn things around, according to the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett:
I trust our guys and what we’re going to be able to do,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I acknowledge that we haven’t scored and we haven’t been scoring consistently. If you think I’m going to sit here and think our offense is not going to be any good and we’re not going to be good enough to win, I’m not there. You can take it however you want. It doesn’t matter what’s happened to this point – I trust our guys.”
Likewise, Zack Greinke refused to worry about the issue and believes things will right itself by season’s end:
I just think our team is good and at the end of the year, if everyone does their job, I think we’ll be all right,” Greinke said, offering up his helping of hope. “Good players – it’s pretty easy to have faith in them.”
With Tuesday’s loss, Greinke remains winless in his last nine starts despite posting a 1.79 ERA. He’s continuously downplayed the Dodgers’ struggles at the plate and recently faulted himself for not helping his own cause.
As frustrating as the Dodgers’ ongoing struggles may be, there certainly is still plenty of time for the club to turn things around. Just two seasons ago, the Dodgers in last place of the NL West in June only to go on and runaway with the division by season’s end.