The Los Angeles Dodgers have had an odd syear.
There was a time when the team looked like it could finish the regular season with a historically good record, but a massive slide in late August-early September gave fans reason to worry heading into the playoffs.
The Dodgers lost 16 of 17 games from Aug. 26 to Sept. 11, but played .667 ball to close out the season before sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks to advance to the NLCS.
Vice president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos was a guest on Sportsnet 590’s Prime Time Sports Tuesday, where he spoke of the late-summer losses.
“We were never really that concerned,” said Anthopoulos. “You start going through the lineup and you felt good about who we had behind the plate, at first base, around the diamond, in the outfield, it was a good collection of position players that kind of all got cold at the same time.
It took the Dodgers 12 tries to get win No. 93 on the season, though they were never in true danger of losing their NL West lead on Arizona.
“We were stuck on 92 wins at the time, and I remember just saying, ‘Look, it kind of softens the blow a little bit when you’ve already got that win total and you have that much time left.”
Los Angeles will face either the Chicago Cubs or the Washington Nationals for a trip to the World Series.
You can listen to the full interview in the video attached above.