While Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly's job has become a hot topic of debate, things figure to blow over if the club starts putting wins together.
Doing so, however, could prove difficult against the major league-leading St. Louis Cardinals, who visit Dodger Stadium for the first of three Friday night.
With his team sitting at the bottom of the NL West, Mattingly publicly expressed displeasure with the Dodgers' efforts prior to Wednesday's matchup at Milwaukee. Los Angeles (19-26) responded by matching its highest run total of the season in a 9-2 victory.
Scott Van Slyke and Carl Crawford both went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Ramon Hernandez hit his first homer for the Dodgers, who are six games behind Arizona, Colorado and San Francisco for first place.
"A good run the next month or two could put us right back where we want to be by the All-Star break," said former All-Star Andre Ethier, who was benched for the third time in six games. "We have confidence in everyone in...