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Mattingly was asked today how gung ho he might be about chasing best record in NL after #Dodgers clinch NL West
The Dodgers currently lead the NL West by 11 1/2 games (their largest division lead since September 1977) and trail the Braves by 2 games for the best record in the NL.
"I think you try to win every day no matter what lineup you put out there," Mattingly said. "Put it this way -- I wouldn't pitch Kersh or Greinke on three days' rest to get it. If Hanley's hamstring is bothering him, I wouldn't play him to do that."
But Mattingly wouldn't acknowledge that a lineup minus his front-line players would not be the best way to go after the best record.
"I'm going to try to win every day. I expect to win with every lineup I put out there," he said. "You're getting into hypotheticals now and I don't like to do that. But hypothetically -- if you get yourself in that position (of clinching early), guys aren't going to want to get a week off. They're going to still want to play.
"I still want to win but you take care of the people you need to care of."