Yeah, I don't get the Mattingly hate...When it all comes down to it, he made a few bad decisions, but he wasn't the guy hitting into DP's, failing with runners in scoring position, etc..that is flat out on the players. I think he can be a great manager, and I think players like him and want to play hard for him. I also think that if you're talking about these playoffs, the Kemp, Hanley and Ethier injuries did us in more than anything else (I think we probably beat STL in 5 games, or maybe sweep them with those guys playing, and healthy, even if Craig was fully healthy).
Mattingly definitely had decisions that hurt us in games, but we had chances to win games and didn't come through. The one game where he truly hurt us was in game 1 when he pulled Gonzalez for a pinch runner. That could have changed the complexion of the series but ultimately, I think we lose because of health even if we split the first two.
The argument is that injuries happen which is true but major injuries screw up seasons.
Health is the number one concern for next season. We'll get off to a better start if we can start with guys actually playing.