"We can't worry about anybody else," Mattingly said. "We put ourselves in this spot, and we've got to win. I'm sure they talked about that in Tampa and St. Louis last year, their chances were really low and somehow they got there and that's how we've got to look at it."
The Dodgers will have to take advantage of their matchup with the sub-.500 Padres if they want to get into the postseason. It's something they couldn't do Tuesday, dropping the series opener, 2-1. Game 2 of the series comes Wednesday, with Aaron Harang taking the ball for the Dodgers, who have just eight games remaining.
The veteran right-hander hasn't won a game since Aug. 18 at Atlanta, and the Dodgers haven't won a game he's started since then, either. Longevity has been an issue of late. Harang hasn't finished the sixth inning since that game against the Braves, and his last outing was one of his shortest of the season, just 4 1/3 innings.
The Padres, while not in the playoff hunt, are going through just the opposite situation with Wednesday starter Clayton Richard. They've won each of his last six starts, and he's won seven of his last nine outings. In Richard's last eight starts, he's 6-1 with a 3.25 ERA.
That's not the best news for the Dodgers.
Richard has made five starts against Los Angeles this season, and he's posted a 2-1 record with a 3.09 ERA in those games. He's allowed just 11 earned runs in 32 innings. He's been great against the Dodgers over the course of his career, going 6-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 12 starts.
And while Harang hasn't been able to hang around long in his starts, Richard has reached the seventh inning in seven of his last nine starts.
Dodgers: Pestering the Padres
Outfielder Matt Kemp is hitting .370 against San Diego this season. In 13 games, Kemp has six home runs, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored. In 96 career games against the Padres, Kemp is hitting .300 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez played his first game as a visitor at Petco Park on Tuesday, going 2-for-4. Gonzalez spent five seasons with the Padres, making three All-Star teams and winning two Gold Gloves.
Padres: Quentin still recovering
Left fielder Carlos Quentin has been out of the starting lineup for the last five games. His right knee bothered him during a game against the D-backs on Sept. 19. Manager Bud Black said that Quentin was feeling better Tuesday and that he was available to pinch-hit, but Quentin didn't make an appearance.
After picking up his 200th career save on Sunday, Huston Street made it 201 with a save in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 Padres win over the Dodgers. However, while picking up saves in his first two opportunities since returning from the DL, Street allowed a run in each appearance. It's the first time he's allowed runs in back-to-back games since Aug. 4 and 5 of last season.
Richard has held Andre Ethier in check throughout their careers. The Dodgers outfielder is hitting just .143 off Richard in 31 career plate appearances with just one extra-base hit.
Padres third baseman Chase Headley is batting .333 in 19 career plate appearances against Harang. That includes a double, a home run, three RBIs and four walks.