Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job was in jeopardy earlier this month, but that's no longer the case.
The focus on a managerial job in Southern California these days is squarely on the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Mattingly.Scioscia's Angels can record their first nine-game win streak in nine seasons Monday when they visit the Dodgers, with Zack Greinke facing his former team for Mattingly.The Angels (23-27) owned the second-worst record in the AL at 15-24 when Scioscia received a vote of confidence from owner Arte Moreno.Confidence isn't lacking for the Angels now. They rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning for a 5-2 victory at Kansas City on Sunday, putting them in position to win nine straight for the first time since Aug. 18-27, 2004."We're rolling right now," said left fielder J.B. Shuck, 7 for 11 in his last three games.Dodgers team president Stan Kasten said this weekend that Mattingly isn't in immediate danger of being fired. The club is in last place in the NL West, seven games behind first-place Arizona.Matt Kemp is struggling with a .260 average and career-low .343 slugging percentage, and was benched in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday."Today, Matt not playing is the best thing for him, it's the best thing for us," Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website.Andre Ethier was benched three times by Mattingly during a six-game trip last week before he was reinstated to the lineup for all three games this past weekend. He went 1 for 10 as the Dodgers (20-28) lost twice to fall to 7-15 in May.Mattingly knows the next four days against the Angels won't be any easier."We all know they have a talented club and they were going to put it together," he said. "I wish they would have just waited a little longer before they put it together."Greinke (2-1, 3.48 ERA) went 6-2 with a 3.90 ERA for the Angels last year after being acquired from Milwaukee on July 27.The free agent was considered the top arm on the market this offseason, with interest from the Dodgers, Angels and Texas. He said at his introductory Dodgers press conference that the Angels "never really got into it when the details came" to re-sign him, and he chose the $147 million, six-year deal with Mattingly's club.The right-hander has pitched twice since returning from a broken left collarbone suffered April 11. This is the second straight outing he will face a former team after he allowed five runs over four-plus innings of a 5-2 defeat to the Brewers on Tuesday.Greinke has dominated Josh Hamilton, who is 1 for 19 with nine strikeouts against him. He has never faced Mike Trout, 12 for 26 with 10 runs during a six-game hitting streak.The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has gone 5 for 7 with two homers and six RBIs over his last two contests and is 4 for 10 against C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.39), who starts Monday for the Angels.The left-hander ended a three-start losing streak Wednesday by giving up one run over eight innings with 10 strikeouts in a 7-1 win over Seattle.The Angels have won 13 of their last 18 against the Dodgers, taking nine of the past 12 meetings on the road.