"We haven't been very good in them so far," manager Don Mattingly acknowledged.
Mattingly appears unconcerned, mostly because of the small sample size and the fact that it's still early. A team must win extra-inning games with pitching, he said, and short term, things have not fallen into place for the Dodgers. Long term, Mattingly said, winning in extra innings can set a precedent that can carry a team a long way.
"In my mind, I think we have enough guys who want to win that we're not willing to take the hit [such as] moving the runner over," Mattingly said of key situations. "It's not a bad thing."
Translated: Many hitters in the Dodgers' collection of marquee names attempt to take the game into their own hands. The result is, this has not been a team that takes what the pitcher gives it, and maybe pieces a late, game-winning rally together on three singles.
"We've got a lot of guys who have been the guy on their club in the past," Mattingly said. "There's really no one the guy here. We have a lot of good players.
"We need a guy to get a guy over, or a guy to get on base to start a rally. Those kinds of things."