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Don Mattingly, Yasmani Grandal Not Concerned By Dodgers Slump



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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Since Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have scored two runs in four games and luckily they were able to get a win in one of those games.

They lost 6-1 to the Colorado Rockies before winning 1-0 on Sunday, and then they went to San Francisco and have been shut out consecutive days. While the team is still fourth in the MLB in runs scored, they’ve gone through a slump and have not hit a home run in those four games. Yasmani Grandal was the only Dodger to get past second base on Wednesday night against Tim Lincecum, and he nearly tied the game early on with a home run, but Angel Pagan made a catch against the wall.

Grandal isn’t too worried about the offense because he knows the nature of the game via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

t’s going to happen,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said of the slump. “It might as well happen now. It’s early in the season.”

The team still sits in first place at 24-15, way better off than they have been the past two seasons at this point in May.

Manager Don Mattingly gave his take, saying it’s a part of the game that he’s seen throughout the years:

Every year I’ve played, every year I’ve coached, every year I’ve managed – your team goes through a couple, three stretches like this. This is our first one this year.”

What has been good for the Dodgers in those games, is the starting pitching. Brett Anderson, Carlos Frias, Mike Bolsinger and Zack Greinke all kept their team in the game, despite the lack of run support. Once the Dodgers break out of their funk, the team should continue to roll with the starting pitching being how it’s been.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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