Sunday, June 01, 2014

Mattingly Remains Calm

Answering Steve Dilbeck's question, "Is there something alarming about the Dodgers' recent play?", Dodgers coach Don Mattingly basically says, "No."

“What I don’t want to do is just accept where we’re at,” he said. “I like the thought of maybe making sure we’re playing with a sense of urgency. That’s important to me that we’re playing with a sense of urgency, that each game is a game that we need to win and it’s not like, `Oh, we’ll wait for the second half and then we’ll go on a run.’ ”

Meanwhile, as he waits for that spark, he has to look at the newspaper every day and see the Dodgers slipping further behind San Francisco.

“I don’t like it, but at this point I don’t think we worry about the Giants, we worry about us,” he said. “If we don’t start taking care of ourselves and winning the games we’re capable of winning. It doesn’t matter what everybody else does.”

Well, it kind of does, because the divisional lead is all relative. But Donnie Baseball does have a point, in that the Dodgers have the second wild card position as of May 31, and have an 81% chance of making the postseason (Giants are at 93%). There's still a lot of baseball to be played. Thankfully.