Dan Patrick brought in two former baseball legends whom are current MLB analysts to help assess the state of the Dodgers/Indians opposing streaks, and what it might mean going forward for both clubs in October.
Fox Sports Analyst AJ Pierzynski appeared on the show September 13th, and had these opinions (with regard to sports psychology):
Well the Dodgers have a history of not winning in the postseason, so anytime you lose 11 games in September it’s going to break your psyche a little bit.
You can say as a player it’s not going to effect you; but at the end of the day it is going to effect you because they were supposed to have this team that was built to never lose, and just keep grinding out wins, and you lose 11 games in a row-it knocks you down a bit.
I promise you this, I’d much rather be the Indians winning 20 in a row than the Dodgers losing 11 in a row.
You can check out the full interview below:
MLB Network Analyst John Smoltz offered a different approach to the situation 24 hours later, and expects the team to use the hurdle as an advantage before entering postseason play.
You start pressing in ways that even the great teams go through a stretch that I think will benefit them in the long run. Not that anyone wants to lose 10 or 11 in a row, but he’s got some veteran guys. If Bellinger and some of the young guys start experiencing long droughts that might concern me a little bit, but this is a very good team that’s gonna line up four days after the postseason begins starts [with Kershaw]. I think I’d feel good.
You can check out that full interview below:
It seems as if the comments from Smoltz will reflect what will transpire in the upcoming weeks, but only time will tell.
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