Dodgers: Alex Wood Feels Team’s Past Success Makes it Difficult to Get Motivated in Big Moments

Dodgers fans are not happy with the way things are going right now. Down in the NLCS 3 games to 1, Los Angeles will have to put up some fight to keep their World Series hopes alive. Unfortunately, that fight might be difficult to find in these final games. 

Speaking with reporters before last night’s game, Alex Wood talked about finding motivation in the postseason. The Dodgers reliever had some interesting thoughts on why it’s been so hard for Los Angeles to find energy when down in games. In his mind, it sounds like winning has almost become boring for the team.

I think one of the hard things for this team and this organization is that you get so used to you winning the division every year, you make a deep run in the postseason a lot of years, you have a lot of guys that have a lot of experience in these types of games. And so that’s great, but also it can become, you can start to feel stagnant a little bit at least speaking for myself. Passion-wise or that ability to get up for a big series in a big game when things like this have become almost expected and normal.

It’s possible that Wood meant something else entirely when he said this in the context of winning Game 3. But following the loss last night, it’s very difficult to hear as a Dodgers fan. Getting used to winning divisions and making playoff runs should not be a reason for feeling lethargic in postseason situations. 

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