Don Mattingly Controversy Heating Up In Dodger Land
The Los Angeles Dodgers situation is getting ready to explode. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly is taking shots at players and front office in what could be desperation seeing his job slip away.
Over the weekend Mattingly saw his bullpen blow all three games in Atlanta giving up seven earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. When asked about the bullpen situation Mattingly said, “We had guys get away early who seemed to fit.”
One guy who got away during Spring Training was Kevin Gregg who has a 0.00 ERA in 12 games for the Chicago Cubs. In 11 innings this year Gregg has 12 strikeouts and six saves.
After a report from Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal over the weekend that Mattingly could be fired as early as Thursday, the Manager has become a little defensive and rightfully so.
Before Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee, Mattingly had some strong comments towards management and the players. While addressing the media Mattingly said:
[quote]”There’s a touch difference between, ‘I’m giving you my best effort’ and being willing to fight you for that prize, to do whatever it takes to win. It’s almost something inside you that says you’re not beating me today, you’re not getting me out.
“There’s another level you can’t measure with sabermetrics. They may say ‘BS’ to that. But there are certain things that you can’t measure.”[/quote]
The comments are directed not only at the players for their effort on the field but also for the front office who put them there. Mattingly sounds like he wants to say he is not the one who bought the groceries and just has to cook with the ingredients given to him.
The major problems with the team have been hitting with runners in scoring position and the bullpen. The two issues should not be attributed to the coaching. The bullpen has been used properly but the pitchers aren’t getting outs.
A bullpen that is 5-13 with a 4.47 ERA and a lineup that is hitting .222 with runners in scoring position are not faults of the manager. The problems of the team fall on the front office and the players.
There has been internal discussion on bringing up prospects Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson from AA Chattanooga to spark the team. Both prospects are performing well in the minors and it would be interesting.
Buckle up Los Angeles because no matter who is at fault, a shakeup is coming.