How often has a team that was supposed to win come up short at the end of the day. Why did they come up short is sometimes the million dollar question.
- We are better than the other team
- We have the best record in the league
- We have the best pitcher in the league
- We have the best hitters
There is one thing that might be missing….. humility.. To simply believe you are the best and for that reason you will win is not such a bad thing. The difficulty is that your opponents might disagree. They have nothing to lose and you may have everything to lose.
Your opponents might not be as skilled as you but may be more focused on the task at hand and may actually believe that they can win. I was coaching a team at a high level one year and at the playoffs we were beating a team that without question was supposed to win. One of the coaches on the other team said to his coaches,. “we have a problem here, they believe they can win!”. We did not win that game but we sure did give them a scare. More recently my team did beat a team that they were “not supposed to beat”. In fact we mercied them 7-0 after 5 innings. Because they believed that they “could” win.
So. If you are supposed to win games be sure to look at the things that can hold you back before the first pitch. One thing you need to do is to realize that your opponents did not have a meeting before the game to discuss how they will give the game to you the way they are supposed to. If they are well coached then they would have had a meeting before to discuss how they will win and use any information they have accumulated through their stats on your team to enhance their chances of winning.
In short .. play the underdogs like they are on top.