PITTSBURGH -- Since he joined the Dodgers on July 31, relief pitcher Brandon League hasn't made a very good positive first impression with his new club.
In 2 2/3 innings over five games, the righty has allowed five runs on seven hits, giving him a 16.88 ERA. Despite the numbers, his new manager, Don Mattingly, knows he has what it takes to turn things around.
"He's just up in the zone. He's just sideways," Mattingly said. "Right now, the way he's throwing the ball, it's not working out. It makes me a little skittish, that's for sure. But I know it's there."
League came to Los Angeles from Seattle, where he had a 3.26 ERA over 2 1/2 years.
During the first half of this season, League threw 44 2/3 innings for the Mariners. On the year, he's tossed 47 1/3 innings, trailing only closer Kenley Jansen among Dodgers relievers.
"You can't always get off to a great start," Mattingly said. "We've just got to stay with him, keep him working, keep him positive and get him in the mix where he's throwing the ball good, just like anybody else who's going through a stretch, or whatever."