Many people were expecting the Los Angeles Dodgers to be in the World Series this fall.
After signing Freddie Freeman to a six-year, $162 million contract in March, it would have been hard not to predict another championship in Los Angeles.
But in the NLDS, they were manhandled by the San Diego Padres and saw their season come to a screeching halt.
Former Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. made a bold claim yesterday on the “Inside The Ravine” podcast and stated that the word traveling around Major League Baseball is that the Dodgers have failed to make adjustments in the postseason against other teams.
“I think that other clubs have heard the Dodgers sometimes do not adjust throughout the course of a playoff series.”
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Hairston Points Out Major Dodgers Problem
Obviously, this is all merely speculation.
There’s no way to know for sure if Hairston is telling the truth.
But if that is in fact the case, then it’s a philosophical problem with the Dodgers.
It could be as simple as them taking other teams for granted in the postseason and relying on past success to get them to the next round.
But as we all know, and as Hairston alluded to, the postseason is a “different animal.”
Everything is magnified.
It’s not always about who’s best come playoff time, but rather, who’s hot.
In the NLDS, that was certainly the case.
The Dodgers were the better of the two teams on paper, but San Diego had gotten hot and used that momentum to reach the NLCS.
Meanwhile, if what Hairston is saying is true, then the Dodgers remained dormant and may not have made the proper adjustments to prepare for the NLDS.