Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly was visibly frustrated after another home loss last week and said that his team wasn’t very “good” among other things.
Since then, the Dodgers have won three of the last four games and scored 23 runs in the process.
Today on the Dan Patrick Show, Mattingly had a different tune when it comes to the state of his team. When asked if he has a World Series team this year, the Dodger manager said:
It’s a possibility Dan. When you see that pitching staff, when you watch it close. We can win every day.”
With a trio of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu at the top of the starting rotation, the Dodgers would be a tough out in any playoff series. Veterans Dan Haren and Josh Beckett also add experience to the mix if needed. This season, the starting pitching has been the strength of the team, ranking fifth in the National League in ERA and third in wins. Beckett has thrown a no-hitter, while Greinke is tied for the league lead in wins and ranks fourth in strikeouts.
Currently, the team finds itself 8.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, but just half a game back of a wild card spot. Much of the same team remains from last season’s 42-8 run that propelled them from last place to first place and two wins away from the World Series. The offense has yet to receive major production from Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, meaning that there is much room for improvement. Since struggling to begin the year, the bullpen has turned things around lately and have been providing consistent outings.
If the Dodgers are going to make a move, the time is now because they cannot expect the Giants to implode in the same way that the Arizona Diamondbacks did last season.
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