“Yeah, it was a weird scheduling decision, but all-in-all, I’m happy with the way our season went,” said Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly. “We had our ups and downs, sure, but we battled through. Now we just sit back and wait to see if it holds up.”
This year’s surprise standouts for the Dodgers were shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Zack Greinke, who finished the season atop most statistical categories. The Dodgers biggest disappointments came from outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, who had off years, although also finished the season atop most statistical categories.
“I know I didn’t quite live up to my potential this season, and I take full responsibility for that,” said Ethier, the league leader in steals with five. “But none of those stats will matter come playoff time. Partially because people will have forgotten about them [by then].”
Even though the Dodgers are odds-on favorites to win the division with their 95-67 record, some experts have the San Francisco Giants as a sneaky contender, currently only 47.5 games back in the NL West standings.
“Trust me, we feel them breathing down our necks,” said Mattingly. “We wouldn’t be surprised to see them come October. But if we do, I’m still gonna feel pretty confident. It’s gonna be hard to beat Clayton Kershaw on 197 days rest.”