In August, Clayton Kershaw called the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season ‘World Series or bust’ and his pitching supported the sentiment. Kershaw won his 11th consecutive game in August, saw it end, then started another that reached seven games by season’s end.

While manager Don Mattingly wasn’t quite as adamant as Kershaw was, he agreed with the sentiment and called it a realistic possibility for the team. Given that the Dodgers didn’t reach the World Series, Mattingly was asked about the mindset his ace held and again offered some caution with the view, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:

‘World Series or bust’ is kind of tough.” I don’t mind the mentality but then again you have to have reality, too, I think, where you get unemotional and say, ‘Were we good enough? Did we play good enough?’ Any time you get into the postseason, you get into short series and you get into anything can happen.”

Mattingly went on to add he was proud of what the team did manage to accomplish this year. As fate would have it, a significant amount of blame for the Dodgers not advancing past the NLDS has fallen on Kershaw’s shoulders.

The St. Louis Cardinals managed to beat the NL MVP candidate twice, behind big seventh innings in Games 1 and 4. Prior to the Cardinals getting to Kershaw, he had in large part shut them down to that fateful inning in both games.

With the Dodgers falling short of their goal, Mattingly, for a second straight postseason, faced criticism for his in-game management. While many have called for a new manager to be brought in, Mattingly’s comments Thursday indicate he has job security.

Kershaw will undoubtedly return next season and likely will carry the same view he had in 2014. Mattingly also appears to be on track for a fifth season as Dodgers and the duo will be part of a team that looks to return to the World Series for the first time since 1988.

About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

3 Responses

  1. Joe V

    OK, we can all go home now, there’s nothing to see here.

  2. disqus_Ke5pONWhFH

    oh here we go, fresh off their loss and people already giving them the odds to return to the WS in 2015….what is with these pundits and this Dodger team….is it because they are in Hollywood, I dont get it. They will start to become the most hated Team, if they are not already

    • eas21

      They are…sometimes it is tough to be a fan of the most hated team in the most hated city in the most hated state in the most hated country in the world.


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