Mattingly sticking with Gordon atop order

Mattingly sticking with Gordon atop order

Mattingly sticking with Gordon atop order
LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon is struggling at the plate, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he'll keep Gordon atop the batting order.

"I can think about [dropping Gordon in the order], but I've got to find a guy to lead off," said Mattingly. "At this point, I don't feel a need to do anything different. He's able to sustain and keep riding this thing. Maybe I'll give him a few days [off] here or there, but I'm not really [thinking about dropping him], not yet."

Gordon entered Saturday night's game batting .224 with a Major League-leading 10 stolen bases. But he's batting only .120 against left-handed pitching.

"Yesterday, he didn't look good," Mattingly said of Gordon's 0-for-4 with a strikeout. "He's struggled with left-handed pitching. He's held his own against right-handers. He tried to bunt last night. Yesterday he wasn't staying in there with [lefty Ross Detwiler]. For me, with Dee it's all part of it. It's part of growing up."

At first, Gordon was seeing a lot of fastballs. Then he was getting a lot of breaking balls. Now Mattingly said pitchers are "crowding and elevating" him.

In 76 at-bats entering Saturday's game, Gordon had 17 strikeouts and only five walks, but three were in the first five games.