Just like Dodger fans everywhere, manager Don Mattingly can’t wait for the season to be over as the playoffs are less than a week away.
At this point, it’s looking like the Dodgers will end up with the number three seed in the National League and will have to wait to see where they’ll start on the road. The Braves and Cardinals are tied atop the NL standings, with the Cardinals holding the tiebreaker and if the playoffs started today, the Dodgers would head to Atlanta for Game 1.
Talking to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Mattingly said what he expected from his team the next three games:
I’d like to see a lot of things. I’d like to see us score 10 runs a night, throw shutouts, Mattingly said. To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s going to matter one bit. What’s going to matter is the game next Thursday (when the playoffs start).
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu will make their final tuneups over the weekend against the Rockies and with their playoff seeding seemingly determined, expect the regulars to not be in the lineup.
Mattingly has held true to his word that he wouldn’t chase home field advantage, but rather make sure Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez were as close to 100 percent before the playoffs as possible. Even though they lost two of three against the Giants to start the week, the Dodgers still maintain the best road record in the NL, so starting on the road shouldn’t faze them.
While the next three games won’t mean much in the standings, it’d be nice to see the Dodgers head into the postseason with a little bit of momentum so Mattingly doesn’t have to be so anxious.
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