As a six-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove Award-winner, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly knows how to win. Before Saturday's 6-0 victory against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, Mattingly learned he had lost his fourth starter to the disabled list. Peppered with questions about how he was going to combat the injury bug, Mattingly didn't panic. "You feel like you're going to win every day," Mattingly said. "It was the same feeling when we were winning 80 games in New York. We can pitch and catch the ball well no matter what lineup we put out there offensively. That's the way our team looks at it. We have to find a way to win a game somehow, someway." After steady second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury he sustained in Friday's win over St. Louis, staff ace Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to their third straight win. The Dodgers keep plugging along without the services of outfielders Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera as well as infielders Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston and Ellis, clinching the series win Saturday over St. Louis, leader of the National League's Central Division. "There are two schools of thought when guys go down," Mattingly said. "Either everyone steps up or people try to do too much. Everyone just has to do what they do. We can't ask guys to give 110 percent. They just need to do their thing and string together at-bats."
Kershaw's six-hit shutout helps L.A. overcome injury woes
L.A. Daily News | May 20