Dodgers defense living up to expectations

Dodgers defense living up to expectations

LOS ANGELES -- Thanks in part to three reigning Gold Glove Award winners in Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw, manager Don Mattingly had high expectations for the Dodgers' defense coming into the season.

And only seven games in, the team has yet to disappoint. Committing only two errors so far, Los Angeles has a .993 fielding percentage, the best in the National League.

"I kind of expected the team to be this good defensively this season," Mattingly said. "We were third in the league last year in defense. James [Loney], Mark [Ellis] and Juan [Rivera] can all pick it. I really thought we'd be good defensively."

With Kemp, Ethier and Kershaw all receiving their Gold Glove Awards before Friday's game against the Padres, Mattingly believes the Dodgers will put out a solid defensive team every night.

"Defense is one of those things that you should be good at every day. It is just a matter of wanting to be a good defensive player," Mattingly said. "To be in the right spot, to throw to the right base, that is all just a matter of wanting to be a good player. That should be there every night."