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Monday
May202013

Don Mattingly is nearing the end, and that's no bull

Warming up in the bullpen is the next manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Whether, or when, the reliever manager gets the call, remains to be seen, but it is in the bullpen that Don Mattingly has been having a miserable time this season.

The great Ken Rosenthal on Foxsports.com wrote yesterday, "Now I’m convinced that Mattingly is going to get fired. And the sooner it happens, the better."

The last-place Dodgers were swept over their weekend in Atlanta, getting outscored, 16-8. Their bullpen allowed 12 of the runs.

No group of relievers have lost as many games as the Dodgers in all of baseball.

  W L W-L% ERA SV IP WHIP
LAD 5 13 .278 4.61 11 127.0 1.449
HOU 3 10 .231 4.82 7 170.0 1.488
CHW 5 10 .333 3.99 14 119.2 1.412
TOR 8 9 .471 3.92 11 151.2 1.345
CIN 10 9 .526 3.76 11 124.1 1.198
MIL 6 8 .429 3.46 9 132.2 1.229
TBR 6 8 .429 4.49 9 116.1 1.324
MIA 4 8 .333 3.88 6 144.0 1.340
PHI 7 8 .467 4.47 8 114.2 1.465
DET 3 8 .273 3.91 8 131.1 1.294
NYM 7 7 .500 4.77 7 139.2 1.360
LAA 7 7 .500 4.47 9 149.0 1.369
SDP 5 7 .417 2.96 10 146.0 1.164
SFG 10 6 .625 2.91 14 133.0 1.323
ARI 10 6 .625 3.10 14 127.2 1.230
PIT 10 6 .625 2.81 18 157.0 1.127
BAL 9 6 .600 3.31 16 141.1 1.245
BOS 7 6 .538 3.98 10 129.0 1.364
COL 5 6 .455 3.04 10 154.0 1.195
CHC 6 6 .500 4.11 10 114.0 1.333
STL 3 6 .333 4.55 15 110.2 1.383
SEA 4 6 .400 3.85 11 128.2 1.205
KCR 6 6 .500 3.07 11 99.2 1.174
MIN 5 5 .500 3.24 9 144.2 1.251
ATL 8 3 .727 2.65 14 118.2 1.121
NYY 8 3 .727 3.41 18 129.1 1.206
WSN 5 3 .625 3.87 13 116.1 1.307
OAK 8 1 .889 2.88 9 146.2 1.173
TEX 9 1 .900 3.24 14 125.0 1.176
CLE 7 0 1.000 3.03 8 127.2 1.238
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/20/2013.

 

  • As you can see, only the Mets and Astros bullpens have a worse ERA than the Dodgers
  • As you can see, only the Phils and Astros bullpens have a worse WHIP than the Dodgers

 

Here are the individuals relievers who have provided little relief for LA

Rk Player GR W L W-L% SV IP
1 Kenley Jansen 23 1 3 .250 2 22.1
2 Paco Rodriguez 22 0 2 .000 0 15.2
3 Ronald Belisario 21 2 4 .333 0 20.2
4 J.P. Howell 19 1 0 1.000 0 18.2
5 Matt Guerrier 18 1 1 .500 0 15.2
6 Brandon League 16 0 2 .000 9 16.1
7 Josh Wall 6 0 1 .000 0 7.0
8 Javy Guerra 5 0 0   0 7.0
9 Chris Capuano 2 1 2 .333 0 22.1
10 Skip Schumaker 1 0 0   0 1.0
11 Shawn Tolleson 1 0 0   0 0.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/20/2013.

Here are the stats that have caused the pain

  IP GR GF SVOpp SV BSv SV% Hold IR IS IS%
Ronald Belisario 20.2 21 3 1 0 1 0% 5 12 8 67%
Chris Capuano* 22.1 2 0 1 0 1 0% 0 1 1 100%
Javy Guerra 7.0 5 3 0 0 0   1 0 0  
Matt Guerrier 15.2 18 2 1 0 1 0% 3 10 3 30%
J.P. Howell* 18.2 19 4 0 0 0   3 13 4 31%
Kenley Jansen 22.1 23 6 3 2 1 67% 9 6 1 17%
Brandon League 16.1 16 15 11 9 2 82% 0 2 2 100%
Paco Rodriguez* 15.2 22 2 2 0 2 0% 6 19 6 32%
Skip Schumaker 1.0 1 1 0 0 0   0 0 0  
Shawn Tolleson 0.0 1 0 0 0 0   0 3 2 67%
Josh Wall 7.0 6 4 0 0 0   0 1 1 100%
League Average             66%       31%
Team Total   134 40 19 11 8 58% 27 67 28 42%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/20/2013.

 

If Don Mattingly loses his job, those calls to the bullpen will have been a number of the nails in his coffin.

As Rosenthal wrote, "a bad bullpen can create a bad manager." Mattingly defended his relievers afterward, saying “Take it all as a group, not just the bullpen.”

It certainly feels as if both the Dodgers bullpen and Don Mattingly are worried about hearing that phone ring. The call at the other end seems to only mean trouble.

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Reader Comments (3)

As most of you know it is always the manager who gets the boot. Sometimes I wish players were given the boot, but of course you do that and you have no players to put out on the field. The manager can only put out on the field with what has been given to him. He doesn't hit, he doesn't pitch, etc. for the team. If a player(s) are not producing like they should what does a manager do? Have upper management go out and get other players? That won't happen. At least not now. Unfortunately the Dodgers have perhaps one of the worst farm systems in the majors. They really do not have much pitching to bring up. Nobody hitting much in the minors or in the bigs. There really is not much hope for the Dodgers when they can't really trade for anybody worth anything, or bring anyone up. The only way that they can become a very good team (in my opinion that is) is to be patient and rebuild their farm system and to make some reasonable free agent or trades. But of course So. CA. folks don't have the patience to wait. Well folks wake up! You just may have to wait some yrs. before the Dodgers become once again a very good ballclub. BTW does anyone know what has happened with that kid the Dodgers signed a few yrs. ago from FL. name of Zack Lee or White? Not sure of the name.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrongarm10

Zack Wheeler. 2 weeks he'll be up!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ-ko

Is it just a coincidence that the Dodgers are floundering while the Red Sox have been resurrected since last year's blockbuster trade. If the Dodgers fire anyone, it should be their GM, the mastermind of that monumental trade.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergary s
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