Dodgers @ Mariners June 10, 2012: Billingsley vs Beavan

Don Mattingly picked up some respect from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe today:

1. Don Mattingly, Dodgers – He has emerged as a good leader, one who has taken a bunch of Triple A players and made them winners. Mattingly has certainly taken advantage of the weak National League West, and perhaps the Dodgers aren’t as good as their record indicates. But their pitching has been good, and Mattingly has fostered a nice approach in the hitters, similar to what he did in New York; patience and getting deep into the count were trademarks of his Yankee teams.

Bunting mistakes aside, I do think Mattingly has done a fine job, though it should be noted that not a single one of Cafardo’s top six choices had current their jobs prior to 2011, which betrays some sort of bias on the author’s part.

The lineup Mattingly sends out against Blake Beavan and the Mariners today is basically the same as it’s been all weekend, save for some minor shuffling that inserts Adam Kennedy for Juan Rivera and pushes Saturday hero Jerry Hairston to designated hitter. You’d think this would have been a good time to get Ivan De Jesus in there instead of the pointless Kennedy, but I suppose not.

Dodgers
Mariners
SS
Gordon
RF
Suzuki
3B
Herrera
2B
Ackley
RF
Ethier
3B
Seager
DH
Hairston
DH
Montero
LF
Abreu
1B
Smoak
1B
Loney
CF
Saunders
C
Ellis
C
Olivo
2B
Kennedy
LF
Carp
CF
Gwynn
SS
Ryan
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