LOS ANGELES -- The heat lingered over Dodger Stadium Friday night much like the lingering Dodgers slump. On an unseasonably warm night, Los Angeles wanted to know only one thing: Are the Dodgers still in the postseason race or are they out?
Entering Friday night, the Dodgers were just 6-12 since what is now simply known as The Trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and their 260 million salary obligations to the L.A. Call them rumors, call them grumblings, call them theories, but it appeared as if manager Don Mattingly was on the hot seat after a lackluster stretch through the summer and a disastrous one as of late.
But for at least one more night, the Dodgers remained in the race, as they came back to defeat the Cardinals 8-5 and move within just one game of the Cardinals and Braves in the National League Wild Card race.
And for one more season, Mattingly will man the dugout, as general manager Ned Coletti announced that he plans on keeping the ...