With the largest payroll in all of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers have wholly failed to meet expectations this season. After taking the first two of a four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers dropped the next two games and finished with a 4-3 record on their seven-game road trip.
Johnny Cueto shut the Dodgers down Wednesday and Alfredo Simon did the same Thursday. Skip Schumaker started two of the four games and also made a pinch-hit appearance.
The former Dodger doubled and scored two runs in the finale of the series and following the game, offered a critique on the Dodgers, via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Schumaker to Cincinnati Enquirer, on #Dodgers: "That lineup is very good, when certain guys want to play, it's even better."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 12, 2014
Schumaker played one season with the Dodgers in 2013 after spending the first eight of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Schumaker hit .263 and collected 30 RBIs for the Dodgers in 125 games played. The veteran utility man brought a veteran presence to the team and played multiple positions, which was valuable to a Dodgers team that dealt with several injuries.
The Dodgers weren’t as aggressive as Schumaker would have liked in off-season contract negotiations, which led to him joining the Reds on a two-year, $5 million deal. Schumaker isn’t the first to speak out regarding the Dodgers’ struggles this season.
Manager Don Mattingly used an expletive to describe his team’s play at the conclusion of their latest homestand and he also expressed a belief too much of a focus was on individuals and not the team.
The Dodgers now return home for series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies with the San Francisco Giants eight games ahead in the NL West standings.
Dodgers Update: Don Mattingly Uses Expletive In Assessment Of Team