I’m not the owner, president or general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, so I can’t tell you for certain whether Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the hot seat after an 8-10 start.

But if he is, he shouldn’t be.

The Dodgers are 2-7 since the Rumble in San Diego, and it is hard to blame Mattingly for their shortcomings during that stretch. Most notably, the team’s once-abundant pitching depth has evaporated: Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and now Chad Billingsley are on the disabled list, and Aaron Harang was traded because — at the time, way back on April 6 — the Dodgers had more than enough pitching.

At present, the Dodgers’ rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Stephen Fife and Ted Lilly, who is set to come off the DL and make his first major league start since last May 23 against New York Mets sensation Matt Harvey. Of that group, only Kershaw has an ERA below 4.00 in the majors this year.

In a February Los Angeles Times story, Dodgers partner Magic Johnson said anything short of a World Series berth “is not a good season for us.” Would Magic have said that if he knew this would be his starting five by the end of April?

Johnson also told Times writer Bill Shaikin, “If something happens and we don’t get off to a good start, we’re not going to panic.” For Mattingly’s sake, one hopes that ownership’s definition of a “start” goes beyond 18 games.