With the Los Angeles Dodgers hovering around .500 a little over month into the season, some are beginning to question why the team is not leading the pack in the National League West.
The simple answer is that the Dodgers have struggled to defeat the San Francisco Giants early on and have been a victim to one-run and extra-inning losses. It seems like everyone has weighed in on why the team is struggling a bit.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, the latest to share their thoughts on the state of the team was general manager Ned Colletti:
Sometimes that goes hand in hand with struggling because everybody tries to do too much and they try to do it too quickly inside an at-bat,” Colletti said. “Sometimes, patience inside an at-bat can pay dividends. We see it all the time. When you see another team get a clutch it, most of the time it’s been through a real good thought process that’s had a dash of patience thrown in there.”
Colletti mentioned Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez as a pair of players trying too hard:
I think they both have put extra pressure on themselves to make something happen,” Colletti said. “With the top two guys getting on base a lot and doing a lot of good things, it falls to them,” Colletti said. “That’s what their careers have been about. They’re run producers.”
While Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig have been thriving lately, the middle of the order has struggled a bit, causing the Dodger offense to be lacking some nights. Once Gonzalez and Ramirez are back on track, the offense should get back near the top and lead to more victories. While the bullpen has had its’ fair share of mishaps, it sometimes has the added pressure of keeping a low scoring game intact. Colletti has trust in his team and believes they will turn it around.
Many will continue to hope that he is right.
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