I'm getting ready to watch the Mariners-Yankees game on TV. Seattle has lost 15 straight and I'm worried. Very worried.
Why? The due factor.
Clearly the Yankees are the superior team. But in baseball, any team can win on any given night but when a team has lost 15 straight they are due to win.
I haven't talked to my friend Jimmy in a while but I know he's thinking the exact same thing. He's the guy who taught me about the due factor many years ago. Probably in the mid-70's when the NY Football Giants seemed to lose every week.
With every Mariners loss they get closer to a win. And when you've lost 15 in a row you are really due. Like a woman in her 9 1/2 month of pregnancy.
So, yes I am worried. All it takes is a good pitching performance by Seattle, a couple of timely hits and the Yanks going through the motions and bam, the due factor rears it's ugly head.
Sometimes the due factor is good though. When your team is going through a tough stretch, the due factor can work in your favor. For instance, I'm due to have a good post on this blog soon.
The due factor. It's real and tonight it causes apprehension and trepidation.