Gabe Kapler didn’t mind Jake Arrieta ‘expressing how he feels’ in rant
Jake Arrieta blasted the Philadelphia Phillies over the team’s performance in a three-game series sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants over the weekend in which the team only scored one run.
Interestingly, Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler for the most part agreed with what the ace pitcher had to say.
Arrieta specifically bashed the team’s defensive shifts overall, saying, “We’re the worst in the league with shifts, so we need to change that.” The pitcher also made his general unhappiness of how the Phillies have been playing of late as well.
“Overall, it’s just a really horse—- series,” Arrieta said Sunday’s 6-1 loss, via ESPN. “Really bad. Really bad.
“… We need to have an accountability check,” Arrieta later added. “This is a key moment in our season. We had a pretty good April, a pretty good May. June isn’t starting out so well.”
Kapler on Monday could not help but agree with what Arrieta had to say while also expressing appreciation for the pitcher’s passion.
I asked #Phillies manager Gabe Kapler today if Jake Arrieta’s comments Sunday were indicative of discontent in the clubhouse, and if he plans to reevaluate his shifting practices. This is what Kapler told me. @MLB @MLBNetwork pic.twitter.com/wWKUkn3Cdh
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 5, 2018
“Jake’s comments are true — we didn’t play well, and we can be better,” Kapler said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to sit down and discuss how we can improve our team.
“Personally, I don’t mind Jake expressing how he feels about shifts or anything else.”
Kapler also weighed in on how being content leads to complacency, which is the last thing the first-year skipper wants to see out of his clubhouse.
“If we’re content, it means we’re not getting better,” Kapler said. “Our clubhouse should be passionate, driven and only satisfied when we are clicking on all cylinders.”
The Phillies have been one of the surprise teams so far this season. Despite losing seven of 10 games, the Phillies (31-26) only sit 1.5 games back of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (35-25).
Perhaps Arrieta’s harsh criticism will light a fire under the Phillies and in doing so put a quick end to this recent slide. The Phillies will attempt to right the ship with a three-game set at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, the team Arrieta just departed in free agency last offseason.