The Dodgers are feeling so good about themselves that talking about how bad things were in May doesn’t seem so bad. Stuck in last place for over a month and seemingly never going to get healthy, the Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly were sinking.
Reports of his firing were imminent as his next destination was even picked out, but Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten preached patience to an impatient fan base.
However, prior to the Dodgers game against the Cardinals this afternoon, Mattingly opened up to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com:
Stan was really honest,” Mattingly said. “He said, ‘Donnie, I don’t want to do anything, but at some point I would have to. “He didn’t threaten me. He was just telling the truth.
Injuries were a large reason the Dodgers were in last place and it’s obvious that all they really needed to do was get healthy. The Dodgers now are in first place by six games and have won a franchise record 15 straight games on the road.
Mattingly still has to worry about his situation as the Dodgers hold a team option, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for him or management at his juncture in the season.
The Dodgers will finish their eight-game trip against the Cardinals before returning home to face the Rays as the schedule begins to get a bit easier for the NL West leading Dodgers.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about the Brian Wilson Signing!