Your top player goes on the DL, then your second best player is sidelined. You have a newbie, fundamentally unsound shortstop, an old resurrected rotation, a wobbly bullpen, a lackluster lineup with no power and a new management.
If you're the manager of this team—the Los Angeles Dodgers—what are you gonna do about it?
Well, if you are Don Mattingly, all you are going to do is win.
While others are touting Bobby Valentine of the Red Sox, Buck Showalter of the Orioles and Mike Scioscia of the Angels as top manager of the first half of the MLB season, there is really little question that Donnie Baseball is number one.
Predicted to have another mediocre season where they would finish in the middle of the NL West pack, the Dodgers surprised the baseball world when they surged to a record of 32-18 on May 20, recording the best record in the entire MLB.
If you are any kind of baseball fan, you were flabbergasted by this occurrence. It would have been one thing if they were on top of their weak-kneed division, but they were beating out the likes of the Angels, Yankees, Tigers and Rangers, all powerhouse teams with much, much, much better talent.
So, let's give the credit where credit is due—to the manager. And, even though they ended the first half in a slide—losing 15 of the last 20 games—the Dodgers are in first place and you cannot deny that they have a top skipper guiding them to their success.