The D-backs were shut out in two of the three games while being swept by the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine this past weekend, and after Sunday's contest, Hale said he felt like his hitters were pressing at the plate.
Hitting coach Turner Ward and his assistant, Mark Grace, encouraged their charges to relax a bit at the plate. Something they both know is easier to say than do, especially when the team as a whole is struggling.
"Just knowing that every time they get in a big situation, just remember: 'You are one of the best baseball players in the world,'" Grace said about what was said during the meeting. "There's not a higher level than the Major Leagues. You are one of the best baseball players in the world, and you wouldn't be here if you weren't. Trust it. Trust it and know it. And know that the guy on the mound, his job is much more difficult. He's got to throw you strikes. And when he does, make him pay dearly. That's the bottom line. That's where we're at. That's the message."