The Los Angeles Dodgers are now on a six-game losing streak after falling to the San Diego Padres in back-to-back games.
But, it was after getting swept by the Miami Marlins that the Dodgers held a closed-door meeting where they were able to freely discuss everything that seemed to be going wrong with the club over the last several days.
While the result of the game on Friday and Saturday night might lead some to believe that the meeting didn’t do anything, the true results don’t happen overnight.
In general, this seems like a team that really does like each other. They fight for each other, they play hard for one another, and they compete through it all. The purpose of the meeting was for the team to get back to the fundamentals and basics. It’s not pushing the panic button, but rather pushing the reset button after a series where everything went wrong.
“Over the course of a season there will be times when you’re not playing well,” [manager Dave] Roberts said. “You try not to be too results-driven, but I think that I’m taking a step back from that and I’m looking at that series. Hitting the reset button today was good and I think the guys took the message well and we’re in a good place right now.”
The general mood within the clubhouse seems to be fantastic despite the recent results. The team knows they’re eventually going to bust out of their slump and hit the ball well again. After all, teams aren’t this bad offensively all year. The talent is there, but the execution is lacking right now. This closed-door meeting should help bring some of that execution to life.
Just look at the way Adrian Gonzalez is trying to inspire and motivate the team:
Adrian Gonzalez wrote this on the Dodgers clubhouse white board the second they walked in from tonight's loss pic.twitter.com/C62ziJ2pAm
— #WaltonYourFriend (@RyanWaltonSBN) May 1, 2016
And his teammates responded:
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) May 1, 2016
— Adrian Gonzalez (@Adrian_ElTitan) May 1, 2016
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) May 1, 2016