This morning, on the elliptical, I watched a bit of the season-opening game between the Red Sox and the A’s, live from Japan (only when Morning Joe was on commercial break). And it got me to thinking: baseball, it is said, is all about streaks. The way to make it to the playoffs and to win the Series is to streak at the right time and slump at the right time. You’re not going to win the Series if you slump in September or even August. Best to be hot out of the gates, cool off in late June, after you’ve already got a lead, then have a mini-slump in early August.
Same goes in hockey: The team with the hot goaltender usually wins.