Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-11 with seven RBIs since Saturday.
Last year's team, at least for a while, must have been among the grittiest in the history of grit.
We saw a rare reprisal of that theme in an otherwise big-money flop of a season: Monday night's 8-7 win over the no-longer-streaking Los Angeles Angels. Mattingly's lineup had two guys who weren't on the roster on Opening Day and two more who were supposed to be on the bench.
The Dodgers fought their way out of a 6-1 hole, relentlessly pestering C.J. Wilson and a couple of Angels relievers. The most amazing thing about this modest uptick in their play -- 3-2 since Mattingly's comments -- is that it has come with virtually no contributions from their marquee player, Matt Kemp, who is struggling so mightily Mattingly hinted he might soon drop him in the order.
Kemp struck out four times Monday -- a rare feat -- and has 13 strikeouts in his past 23 plate appearances. Adrian Gonzalez has been the engine: He's 9-for-11 with seven RBIs since Saturday, but Monday was one of those team wins, the kind the Dodgers somehow pulled out, one after the next, last season.