Dave Roberts says Dodgers need to rediscover ‘whatever it takes to win’ mindset amid recent slump
SAN FRANCISCO — Dave Roberts’ pregame scrimmage with reporters on Sunday morning began with questions about injured starter Walker Buehler and how the pitching staff will make up for his absence over the next two months.
With the Dodgers mired in a 4-8 skid and trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Giants, however, the manager shifted gears after a few minutes – targeting his focus not on the injured All-Star right-hander, but the miss of results from the rest of the club’s starred roster over the past few weeks.
“It’s the mindset of coming together as a group to win a baseball game,” Roberts said. “I just don’t think we did a good job. People are caught up in their own individual journey, but just focusing on winning a game, and whatever it takes to win that day, we have to get back to that mindset.
Roberts was asked why that mindset wasn’t there.
“I don’t know that answer, but I have to figure it out,” he said. “Because it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re not doing enough to win baseball games. We are too talented. I have to find out.
He was asked if the players had had the good sense of urgency lately.
“I’m going to find out too,” he said. “I know I do. It’s not about trying. We all know this is not a “trial league”. We all have to come together to start winning baseball games. That’s the only goal. »
He said he’s felt it most of the time with the offense, which has averaged just 3.8 carries per game over the past two weeks and struggled in critical situations with runners on the base.
“I just think the urgency to do whatever it takes to win that night on the offensive end wasn’t there,” he said. “Cumulatively, the sum of the executions has been there, but the consistency of production has not been there. Consistency is what helps you win more than you lose.
He added: “It is not a lack of care. It’s not a lack of trying. But the mindset has to go back to whatever it takes to win a game.
And how does Roberts plan to find those answers?
“There are going to be conversations,” he said.
Here’s the Dodgers’ roster for Sunday’s game, which will feature a high-profile matchup between Julio Urías (3-5, 2.78 ERA) and Carlos Rodón (4-4, 3.51 ERA).