Dodgers News: Gonzalez, Kemp Agree With Mattingly’s Assessment Of Team

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The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out of the gate this season to a 4-1 record as they benefited from playing series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. The Dodgers then dropped two of three to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in what initially seemed like a minor blip on the radar in the infancy of the season.

However as it turns out, the losses to the Giants would not only be a sign of things to come against their long-time rival, but also an indication of what the next two months of the season had in store for the Dodgers. After finishing a 10-game homestand with a disappointing 4-6 record, the Dodgers entered Friday one game above .500 and 8.5 games back of the NL West leading Giants.

As the homestand came to a close, manager Don Mattingly’s frustration reached its highest point this season and he used an expletive to describe the team’s play, along with expressing his belief too much focus has been placed on individuals and not the team.

Prior to the first of a seven-game road trip, Adrian Gonzalez was asked for his take on Mattingly’s assessment to which the first baseman said he agreed with his manager, via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

Matt Kemp, who’s seen himself removed from center field and slid over to left, also agreed with his manager and in a sense, spoke for the Dodgers as a whole:

The Dodgers begin their road trip with a three-game set in Colorado before moving onto Cincinnati for the remaining four games. While the team has been unable to put together an extended winning streak, they are 18-11 on the road, compared to a 13-19 mark at home.

With the pressure continuing to mount as the season wears on and improvement isn’t seen, a successful road trip could once again bring back the positive feelings.
Dodgers Update: Mattingly Uses Expletive To Describe Team’s Current Play

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