Things get heated this week as the Dodgers fall eight and a half games behind the Giants and struggle to stay above .500.
Don Mattingly is in the hot seat once again as the current state of the team is far from what everyone expected and Mattingly is pretty frustrated about it, having this to say on SportsNetLA after their second loss to the White Sox at home:
“Home, away, whatever. I don’t know if that’s got anything to do with it. Just being basically [expletive]. We’re just not that good.” End Quote. And it didn’t get any better when being asked about the offense, saying, “I really think you should talk to them. I’m tired of answering questions honestly.”
Mattingly was in this same position last year before going on their historic 42-and-8 stretch when Yasiel Puig came onto the scene. But, this year, with a $240 million payroll to work with, Mattingly pointed out that the problem is the team’s lack of cohesion, too much attention has been placed on individual players and not on the team as a whole.
So what does widely respected ESPN Analyst Buster Olney have to say about all this? In an interview on ESPNLA Radio, he agrees with Mattingly and pointed out that the roster is composed of great players that don’t quite mesh. But, Olney is optimistic with the Dodgers current position, describing it as a “’win the world series or bust’ type situation.” Basically, get to work, go big or go Home!
Where are the Dodgers headed? And can they turn things around and start playing together as a unit? Sound off in the comments below and tweet us @DodgersNation.