The diehard Angels fan says no.
Los Angeles won a MLB-best 100 games this season, went 8-1 against Boston in the regular season and gets to start the playoffs in Anaheim, where they went 50-31 this year. Everything's coming up Halo and they're not going to let the Red Sox get in the way of a dream season, especially since Boston's ace Josh Beckett ain't going until at least Game 3.
Meanwhile, the loyal Sawx fan says yes.
Boston has swept the Angels out of the ALDS in two of the previous four years and there's always a certain mystique that surrounds the defending Series champion. Until Vladimir Guerrero and Co. prove otherwise, the Sawx fan says proceed with said assumption.
Where does Angels manager Mike Scioscia stand on the whole question?
Well, nowhere, really.
"If you go historically you can point to references for both sides, where a team has played very well against another team and continued it in the playoffs. Or teams that have been dominated by a team and come out and played well. But really it's academic. This is a whole second season. A whole different set of circumstances."
I'd tend to agree with Scioscia. If the Angels come out and lose Game 1, it won't be more because of a psychological factor, but probably due more to the fact that the entire team could've churned out the Great American Novel in the time between their AL West-clincher and the postseason's start.