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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Applauds James Outman’s Attitude Amid First Mini Slump

Baseball is a game of ups and downs; hot streaks and cold streaks. Heading into the game on Saturday, Dodgers rookie James Outman was in the midst of his first mini slump of the season, and really of his young career as a big leaguer. He was mired in an 0-11 stretch with 9 strikeouts.

Despite the cold streak, Outman stayed positive. At least, that’s what manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday night’s win.

“It’s been a tough few days for James, but even today, he came in fresh and positive, expecting something good to happen, as opposed to kind of running away and hiding. You learn from players once they have a little bit of struggle, but our expectation is that James is going to be just fine.”

Earlier in the season, Roberts applauded Outman’s ability to adjust quickly to the league and take big league at-bats. On Saturday, Outman showed that skill once again with a 2 hit performance. To make up for lost time, he also stole a base and scored the only run of the game.

Heading into play on Sunday, the rookie outfielder is hitting .290 with 7 home runs, 20 runs batted in, and a .995 OPS in 28 games. He’s likely en route to Rookie of the Month honors in the National League and continues to look like the real deal.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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