At 12-21, the Oakland A’s aren’t having a great time out there on the field right now. Despite that, manager Bob Melvin is confident in his squad’s ability to turn things around soon.
After the A’s dropped Sunday’s game 4-3 to Felix Hernandez, securing a sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners, Melvin held a postgame meeting with his players.
Based on his quotes afterwards, Melvin seems to be a firm believer in his club’s chances of turning things around now.
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"We’re going to start winning when we get home,” Melvin said to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “We are. Our record’s not indicative of how good we are. We’re in every game. It’s small, little things that are going to make the difference for us. And we’re going to start winning when we get home.”
There is a caveat to Melvin’s stance, however, and that’s that the A’s have to start playing with the mentality that they will win. Said Melvin to that effect:
“But we need to start believing we’re going to win. It’s easy to lose. We need to start believing we’re going to win. And everything would suggest we have the ability to win, based on the fact that we’re in every game. Whether we’re playing good or playing bad, we’re usually in every game.”
The A’s will host the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox this week in a new home stand, so gauging the effectiveness of Melvin’s pep talk should be possible pretty quickly.