Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is pretty good about staying even keeled through the ups and downs of the 2013 Dodger season.
A 37-8 overall stretch, 20-3 record after the All-Star break and a 7.5 game lead in the NL West have put the Dodgers back on the map nationally.
Speaking to Colin Cowherd in the Herd this morning, Colletti talked about the incredible streak and if he’s been apart of anything like this:
I can’t think of one that i’ve been with. When you go through a tough stretch like we went through earlier, we couldn’t wait to get to the park to get it right. And in the last 6 weeks you can’t wait to get back to the park to keep it going.
For the better part of the season, Colletti had to come to manager Don Mattingly’s defense and said throughout the process that the team just needed to be healthy.
Not only did the Dodgers get healthier, but the call-up of Yasiel Puig infused the Dodgers with an energy that they lacked for the first two months of the season.
Colletti talked about Puig’s energy and other Dodgers feeding off of it:
No question. I think back to one play and he caught a ball and threw the runner at first against the Padres. Ethier had been playing a great CF and the look on his face was like, wow. To see a major league player have that look on his face, that even they saw something unique and special. I think it rubbed off on a lot of guys that we have a chance to do something cool and watch this kid emerge.
The Dodgers begin a three-game set with the Mets tonight as the first of three straight series with NL East teams as they look to continue to pad their NL West lead.
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