The Dodgers are back on their own turf as they start a four game series with the league leading Giants. Like bullies, the Dodgers can beat up on weak teams like the D’ backs and Twins, but came up short against a strong Washington Nationals. Overall, the trip was “Ok”, according to Don Mattingly. It would have been “good”, had they figured out Stephen Strasburg.
The middle of the order is starting to get some hits, so things may be looking up. Crawford, Ethier and Kemp had multiple hit games on the road trip. However, clutch pinch hits remain hard to come by. Kemp and some others are pressing in those situations by taking long swings, gambling to get a extra base hit and coming up with snake eyes and strikeouts.
Mattingly knows that the Giants are a tough tean, especially against the Dodgers. Maybe he can take some lessons from Bruce Bochy about how to get his players to play tough as a team, not just as individuals concerned about their own stats.