After a 5-3 loss at home with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a three-game losing streak and have lost four of their last five.
The team remains in first place in the NL West, but have failed to significantly increase their lead over the San Francisco Giants, who have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Dodger offense has been struggling a bit, scoring more than three runs in just four of the past 10 games, including six in three games with the Rangers.
Manager Don Mattingly was asked about a visibly upset Kershaw after the loss on Wednesday night and he said he believes it’s a widespread feeling at the moment. “Clayton [Kershaw] tonight is really a picture of us a little bit right now as far as the frustration. Not playing as well as we’re capable of and things really aren’t going the way we want at this point,” Mattingly said.
While the Dodgers are still 37-29 and holders of the third-best record in the league, there’s a feeling that they are leaving some wins on the table that could come back to haunt them later on. It’s still early in the season, but the team has struggled against teams with winning records; however, the sample size is small at the moment.
Mattingly expanded on the team’s state of mind, especially offensively. “Again, it’s just a picture of where we’re at right now. Yas[iel Puig] gets a double, [Scott] Van Slyke hits a double and we don’t really do anything with it. I think that’s part of the frustration of our club right now,” the 54-year-old manager added.
Is Mattingly at all concerned?
“It’s just a period of time. At this moment, I’m not worried that it’s going to turn over and our guys are going to roll over and go away. That’s not going to happen,” Mattingly said.
The Dodgers still have plenty of time to figure things out, but this particular stretch won’t be one they want to remember later on.
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