The Los Angeles Dodgers are having a rough start to June and manager Dave Roberts hasn't been shy about publicly criticizing his stars.
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Before the final game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the 50-year-old was asked if he thought his players thought too much about their individual stats.
"I don't know what to answer to that, but I need to know because it's becoming increasingly clear that we're not doing enough to win baseball games. We are too talented,” Roberts replied.
“People are preoccupied with their own individual paths, but it's important to just focus on winning and doing whatever it takes to win that day. We must return to this state of mind,” also said the manager.
After this declaration, the Dodgers were defeated 2-0 and the Giants swept the series. The Los Angeles team has gone 4-7 in June so far and has just 39 points, which ranks it 24th in major league baseball.
In 2022, the Californian club is betting on a record payroll of $310.6 million. It counts on stars like Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Clayton Kershaw and Freddie Freeman.
The Dodgers will try to pull themselves together on Tuesday in the first game of a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Until then, Roberts said he would have one-on-one meetings with several of his players.