For the second consecutive year, the
It all worked out just fine last year, of course. But, on the first day of June 2013,
Now? Puig has been here all season, and he might be the best hitter in baseball. Jansen has been the closer all season. Ramirez is healthy. And, with the highest payroll in baseball history, the Dodgers are as close to last place in the
"You don't want to sit here and accept anything," Manager
Mattingly said he sees that urgency in his team.
"I'm not in a panic," he said. "I would be in a panic if I didn't feel we had any sense of urgency."
"Not on my behalf," he said.
Does he sense a lack of urgency among his teammates?
"No comment," he said. "I can't speak for other people."
There was a lethargic atmosphere at
Zack Greinke, who gave up four runs in six innings for his first home loss this year, said he believed the Dodgers had played better in recent weeks than they had earlier in the season.
"We haven't strung together tons of wins, but I feel we're playing really well. If we continue to, we'll compete against whoever for first place in our division," Greinke said.
"The wild card should be easily within reach."
The Dodgers fell as far as 91/2 games out of first place last season and 12 games under .500 before winning 42 of 50 games, the hottest stretch by any major league team in 61 years.
With a starting rotation of Greinke,
"When you've got that, you've got a chance to get on a roll," Mattingly said. "We can go rattle a bunch of games off, not necessarily 42 of 50. But I know we're capable of going out and winning game after game, series after series, because of this pitching."
How much comfort should the Dodgers take in their 42-8 run last season? Not too much, says Gonzalez.