Although Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that he would like for the Dodgers to have home-field advantage in the playoffs, he made clear it wasn’t at the top of his list of priorities.
The Dodgers will have home-field advantage through the National League playoffs if they finish with the league’s best record. They went into their series opener Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 83-59 record, which was second-best in the league to the Atlanta Braves’ 86-57.
“What’s the risk-reward of that?” Mattingly said. “A guy’s leg’s been sore and his hammy is a little tight, do you keep playing him or give him the breather and try to get him healthy?”
For the sake of argument, Mattingly offered a hypothetical situation involving shortstop Hanley Ramirez. If the Dodgers have clinched the NL West title and Ramirez is dealing with a tight hamstring, should he play Ramirez?
“It wouldn’t make much sense,” Mattingly said. “If we get to that point — we’re all hypothetical, right? — and I play Hanley and he screws up a hammy and can’t play Game 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the playoffs and you tell me that’s worth it, then I’ll play him.”
Mattingly said he would rather have home-field advantage than not but didn’t sound as if he thought it would severely alter his team’s chances of winning a World Series.
“We’ve seen wild-card teams win the whole thing,” he said.
Posted: September 10, 2013 at 04:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
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