Heading into the final few weeks of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers hold a small
lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
While the Dodgers overall goal is to win the World Series, they must first focus on taking the division and playing well down the stretch. Four straight wins have put the team in the right direction.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, Dodger manager Don Mattingly is content with his team:
I’m happy with everything right now,” Mattingly said.
This comes as a complete turnaround from early in the season when Mattingly used an expletive to describe his team’s play. The Dodgers are battling for the division and for home-field advantage in the postseason.
The fourth-year manager likes the team’s mentality at the moment:
I like the fact guys are talking about the right things, like having good at-bats, and I can feel the energy on the bench,” Mattingly said. “We’ve been more competitive in games we’ve been down. Right now, it’s that time of year. We’re in a pennant race. We know every game is important, every at-bat is important, every play you make on the field is important. Guys know where we’re at.”
The Dodgers have two more games with the San Diego Padres before embarking on a 10-game road trip that starts in San Francisco. They currently own the best road record in all of baseball, giving them an opportunity to inch closer to their second straight NL West title. The Giants are currently 3.5 games behind the Dodgers with six games left against each other.
On offense, the Dodgers have been scoring more lately despite Yasiel Puig’s continuing struggles. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez have carried the offense, while Carl Crawford has begun to heat up.
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