Now to get serious. Really, really serious. Not to imply those Boys of Summer weren't before, but for teams in contention for the playoffs, September brings heightened pressure and significance.
Now, as they prepare Monday for the final month by hosting the playoff-bound
Its big-boy time.
The Dodgers began the fortifying of their roster Monday, the first day it could be expanded, by calling up four players, including the highly touted outfielder Joc Pederson and hot Cuban prospect Alex Guerrero.
Neither, it should be noted, figures to see much action.
Because this is earn-the-paycheck time, when the importance of games is magnified, when it's time to win every day. A fact hardly lost on Dodgers management.
“Right now we’re not looking to try people out, looking to get guys extra at-bats, trying to be fair to anybody,” Manager
As long as the Dodgers are playing to win a playoff spot, neither Pederson, Guerrero nor the other two called up Monday -- catcher
The Dodgers will try to win the
"We're in a pennant race," Mattingly said. "We're not just trying guys out and giving shots at places."
Players called up from Sept. 1 on are not eligible for the postseason roster. The only way they can be added is if they are replacing an injured player at the same position.
The Dodgers also activated
Later, if Paco Rodriguez proves healthy, he and others could be added.
But the Dodgers dug in with the team they've primarily had all year when the trading deadline passed without their adding a significant player.
Time for them to step up, to win this thing or not.
"For me, this is the exciting time of year," Mattingly said. "Everybody loves seeing great players in pressure situations down the stretch.