The pressure is starting to mount at the San Francisco Giants, who suffered a fifth straight loss on Monday, as some players showed their displeasure quite audibly.
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Following an 8-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the California team had a 40-38 record good for third place in the National League West Division. Manager Gabe Kapler's squad was nine and a half games behind the top.
For pitcher Carlos Rodon, the club's performance is simply unacceptable and if his statements issued to the daily "San Francisco Chronicle" reflect the problem within the team, accusing eyes may sooner or later turn to Kapler. In 2021, the Giants had nevertheless collected 107 victories to overtake the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers in the standings.
“I think there is something to change. We really play bad baseball, he felt. We can talk as much as we want. Until we physically do the right thing and make a change, I don't believe we will see results."
Lack of motivation
Even if he does not identify the head coach in his remarks, Rodon evokes a problem of motivation in the locker room, which should represent an issue to be dealt with quickly for the instructors in place.
“We have to play with a little more passion. It's frankly frustrating, I think everyone here would like to do better and get different results, "said the man who conceded four points in five sets on Monday.
The southpaw now boasts a 7-5 record and a 2.87 ERA this year. San Francisco had another appointment with the D-Backs in Arizona on Tuesday. If the playoffs started now, the Giants wouldn't be in it.