Don Mattingly on Dodgers: “just not that good” right now

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a payroll of $239 million but that does not mean they are winning games. Though 61 games the team is just one game above .500 and are currently 8 games back in the NL West.

Manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times that  “We’re just not that good. Home, away, whatever. I don’t know what that has to do with it.”

The Dodgers have lost six of their last eight games and are six games under .500 at home.

“Home, away, whatever,” Mattingly said. “I don’t know what that has to do with it.”

All this has Mattingly telling reporters to get answers from the players because he simply has none.

“I really think you should talk to them,” he said. “I’m tired of answering the questions, honestly.”

Asked about the Dodgers outfield situation and the return of Carl Crawford, Mattingly blamed selfish attitudes for the teams struggles.

“I’m not thinking about any of that right now. Honestly, so tired of talking about individual guys instead of talking about us as a club and how we are going to win games. There’s so much focus on individual guys that we’ve gotten away from, ‘What’s the team doing? How are we going to win games?’ ”

Fans will remember that a similar situation was taking place a season ago. The Dodgers went on to get the ship righted and coasted to the NL West title while the Giants faded but unless that starts to happen this year questions will continue.

Mattingly was given a three-year extension in January.

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