After the Dodgers were shut out at home against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, skipper Don Mattingly did something unusual. He had a 15 minute closed door meeting with the team.
"I don’t ever plan a meeting. You get a feeling. Feel like things need to be talked about and put out in the open. Just make sure we know where we’re at, and the urgency of the situation."
Clayton Kershaw followed up by saying, "If we win tomorrow, it worked."
Well, the Dodgers did not win on Friday night. They lost 4-3, but it did go into extra innings. The Dodgers played with a bit more intensity than they have recently, so while they didn't come away with the win, it seems like the meeting may have done what it was intended to do.
At least in part.
The problem is they still have to win games. That's the only way they'll make it to the World Series, let alone the playoffs, is by winning. Trying can only get you so far if there aren't results on the field.
Getting all these players on the same page is crucial to the Dodgers post-season hopes.