Don Mattingly may well be in his final days as Dodgers manager, but hes apparently not going to protect his players any longer.
Mattingly held Andre Ethier out of his starting lineup Wednesday in Milwaukee, saying, Im putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest.
But it wasnt only Ethier who seemed to draw Mattinglys wrath and it shouldnt be. In a 5-2 loss to the Brewers on Monday night, the Dodgers offensive struggles continued. They were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners stranded.
Clearly, Mattingly is frustrated that a team with so many talented players has yet to play and win consistently. The last-place Dodgers rank second to last in the National League in runs scored and began the day hitting .222 with runners in scoring position.
Weve got to find a team with talent that will fight and compete like a club that doesn't have that talent, he told reporters before the game. Then, referri...