The most expensive team in baseball history is barely above .500 and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday he blames a lack of cohesion among the players.

"It may be a day here or a day there, but it hasn't felt like a true team at this point where we're all on that Tommy Lasorda end of the rope and worried about the Dodgers and, 'This is where we're going and I don't care what happens today, we're going to get there,' " said Mattingly, whose Dodgers entered the season with a $239 million payroll.

"We talk about this all the time within the staff and with different guys. It's really not that hard to see that it's not happening."

The Dodgers, who at 31-30 trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by eight games after a 2-1 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago White Sox, have been confounding for Mattingly and the team's front office at points this season.

They have not won or lost more than three games in a row all season.

Their deep starting rotation is third in the National League in ERA and their lineup, led by Yasiel Puig, is third in runs scored, but the parts have not added up to what Mattingly called "traction."

Mattingly implied that individual agendas have gotten too much attention. One source of constant discussion around the team is the rotation of four outfielders, three of whom have been All-Stars.