Obviously, the Dodgers are in trouble
When a team loses the first two games of a best-of-five Division Series, it?s seemingly time to panic. At the same time, it?s obviously time to speak the obvious.
?We?re going to [have to] put together a winning streak if we?re going to get out of the Division Series,? said Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, after his team suffered a 4-1 loss to the Mets, who now hold a 2-0 series lead.
Without the necessity of a calculator, it?s apparent that the Dodgers need to enjoy a three-game winning streak just to stay alive — and win — in this Division Series. It?s something that’s seemingly possible in June, July or any other month not starting with an ?O."
But when it comes to the postseason?s first round, there?s very little chance of overcoming a two-game deficit.
?I think we?re in a little tight spot, you know,? said Dodgers manager Grady Little, continuing the postseason tradition of speaking the obvious.
Of the 24 teams that have fallen behind 2-0 in the Division Series, just four teams have come back to win that series — and none of them have been National League teams.
If there?s anything going for the Dodgers, it?s that they have Nomar Garciaparra. While his injured left quad may prevent him from playing, his presence may be enough to stir up the postseason magic of yesteryear, a la Kirk Gibson … maybe.
Nomar has played for two of the four teams that have overcome a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series. He and his Red Sox teammates came back to beat the Indians in 1999 and the A?s in 2003.
?We just have to go out there and play our game,? Garciaparra said. ?I?ve been in this situation before and the attitude was, ?Hey, we?re not eliminated yet.??
Because he?s been part of teams that have done the nearly impossible, Garciaparra is excused for making one of those obvious statements.
And if you?re wondering, the players from teams that have gone up 2-0 in a Division Series are just as prone to speaking the obvious.
?We?ve taken care of our business here [at Shea]," Mets pitcher Tom Glavine said, "have done what we?ve needed to do and given ourselves a 2-0 advantage heading out west, which obviously you couldn?t have asked for anything better."
Obviously, he knew he was speaking the obvious.