Assessing the Zack Greinke fallout, one day later.

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Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw might not be BFFs anymore, but what does that really mean for the Dodgers going forward? (Associated Press photo)

One of the better Zack Greinke analogies I’ve read in the last 24 hours came from Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs: “The Dodgers didn’t lose a war. They fell short in this particular battle.”

I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.

A few things to consider for perspective:
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Managing expectations, Day 8: Mattingly to Marlins, cross Bud Black off the list.

Bud Black and Don Mattingly might be managing in the same division again when the 2016 season starts. Just don’t expect either the Washington Nationals or Miami Marlins to make this official before the World Series is over.

Black will become the Nationals’ next manager, according to the Washington Post, while Mattingly and the Marlins have reached agreement on a four-year deal.

Meanwhile, the Padres are reportedly set to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their manager.

Mattingly reportedly interviewed for the Marlins’ job on Monday, though he had been linked to the job in reports since early September. At the time, the Dodgers were in the middle of a critical series against the San Francisco Giants, and there wasn’t much Mattingly could say.

“I’m not worried about anything as far as that goes,” he said. “I’m happy here. I feel like I’m a Dodger.”

That changed last Thursday, when Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually agreed to forego the final year of his contract. It is unknown how much of Mattingly’s 2016 salary, if any, will be paid by the Dodgers.

Once the three hires are announced, the Dodgers will be the only MLB team without a manager.

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Game 151: Chase Utley muscles up and Carlos Frias bears down in victory.

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Chase Utley led off the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a home run, and hit the go-ahead RBI double (above) in the eighth inning. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Zack Greinke was scratched with a sore right calf muscle, so Carlos Frias started Wednesday instead and halted the Dodgers’ four-game losing streak with help from Chase Utley.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in extra innings, so the Dodgers lead the second-place Giants by seven games with 11 to play.

The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is 5. The earliest they can clinch outright is Saturday. Because the Giants’ game against the Oakland A’s begins at 1 p.m. PT, and the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies begins at 5 p.m., it’s possible the Dodgers can clinch the division before they set foot on the field.

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Dodgers’ Zack Greinke scratched from start due to sore calf. Update.

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Zack Greinke is 18-3 with a 1.65 earned-run average this season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Zack Greinke will not start for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a sore right calf, the team announced, though he is not expected to miss more than one start.

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Game 150: Dodgers don’t have that clinchy feeling.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis glowers at David Peralta and Chris Drury after Drury’s home run in the ninth inning Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


The Dodgers lost their fourth straight game, 8-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to Paul Goldschmidt, it was only the third run he’d surrendered since coming off the disabled list.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Giants beat the San Diego Padres and now trail the Dodgers by six games in the National League West with 12 games to play.

The Dodgers have reason to believe they’re better prepared for the postseason in 2015, writes Mark Whicker.

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