Manager: Terry Collins vs. Don Mattingly
After falling short the last 2 playoffs, Mattingly is facing more pressure with the highest payroll in the majors. In the Dodgers last two playoff series losses (both to the Cardinals), Mattingly was criticized on some of his in game moves and if LA loses early in the playoffs, Mattingly could be on the hot seat if he isn’t so already.
Terry Collins has been questioned at times for some of his in game moves. But no doubt, he’s still done a good job as manager. He’s kept the Mets afloat in the NL East race even through their midseason struggles. He’s continued to be a good players manager and players love playing for him. And even with a deeper lineup after the midseason acquisitions, he did a fine job giving everyone decent playing time.