The Dodgers have a comfortable lead in the NL West and could clinch the division title by Saturday. Los Angeles is also within striking distance of Atlanta for the best record in the league.
But the Dodgers have tinkered with their rotation this month to give some starters extra rest, and Mattingly has shown he's willing to give his regular position players a break in order to keep them fresh for October. And while Dodger Stadium is a pitcher-friendly ballpark, Mattingly is confident his club can win on the road in the postseason.
"I look at [Clayton] Kershaw and [Zack] Greinke and those guys, they win everywhere," the manager said.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.