In 1986, Mattingly batted .352 for the
"I had the year of my life," Mattingly said.
He finished second in MVP voting. The winner:
Kershaw is 10-7 with a 1.91 ERA. He could become the first qualifying pitcher to finish with an ERA under 2.00 since 2005, when Clemens posted a 1.87 for the Houston Astros.
Mattingly did say that Kershaw's value extended beyond the days he pitches. Kershaw has worked at least seven innings in 19 of his 24 starts, reliably giving the Dodgers a chance to win on the day he pitches and a fresh bullpen on the following days.
Kershaw, who starts Sunday on a national
"I think it's a position player thing," Mattingly said. "As a manager, I can see the other side for sure."
Brian Wilson pitched one perfect inning in his debut for the Dodgers' triple-A Albuquerque affiliate Friday. Mattingly said he expects the former
Mattingly said Wilson would be thrown into the mix of setup men. He said the Dodgers made clear to Wilson they had no interest in him if he wanted to supplant closer
"Kenley is our guy," Mattingly said. "Everybody else is there to get the ball to Kenley."
Players are not allowed onto the field without official team apparel, so shortstop