The Dodgers and Don Mattingly
The rumors have been flying high about Don Mattingly being fired soon. Even non-baseball fans at work have come to me saying “I hear Don Mattingly is getting fired soon.”
I am in the minority but I don’t think Mattingly is getting fired and I don’t think he should be fired.
Firing Mattingly seems like a sign of desperation. I doubt they find someone available that is better at this stage in the season. If management wants to do something they should have done it in the offseason.
I don’t think you can blame Mattingly for the Dodgers poor performance. I think that Mattingly is doing a fairly good job especially with all of the injuries plaguing the team. I do think that he should give Kemp a day off here and there and the same goes for Ethier and Crawford. If Van Slyke is fairly hot, play him.
So here is Thursday, a Dodger day off and the day that some think Mattingly will be fired. The Dodgers open up a three game series with the Cardinals. I think Mattingly will be there.
The matchups for this weekend:
Friday: Capuano faces Lance Lynn. Capuano had two pretty good starts in his last two starts.
Saturday: The game starts at 4:15 on Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead Night. Ted Lilly returns from the DL to face John Gast. I hope Ted Lilly pitches like he pitched on his first start instead of his second. It is also Jaime Jarrin Bobblehead day! Game on Fox.
Sunday: Clayton Kershaw against Shelby Miller. I have not missed a game this year and I especially make it a point not to miss Kershaw’s games. This game promised to be a good matchup.