Monday, October 24, 2011

Game 5

Lost Game 5 at home, fell behind 3-2

World Series, Best of 7 format
1997 Indians (Lost in 7)
1980 Royals (Lost in 6)
1953 Dodgers (Lost in 6)
1952 Yankees (Won in 7)
1951 Giants (Lost in 6)
1944 Browns (Lost in 6)
1934 Cardinals (Won in 7)
1931 A's (Lost in 7)
1930 Cardinals (Lost in 6)
1926 Cardinals (Won in 7)
1906 Cubs (Lost in 6)

LCS
1998 Indians (Lost in 6)
1993 Braves (Lost in 6)
1991 Braves (Won in 7)

It's pretty much all or nothing when losing 5 at home in a tie series, and usually nothing.  It's probably better to fall behind 3-1, then win Game 5 to create momentum going back on the road (2003 Marlins, 1985 Royals).  It's not a surprise that history would show the importance of not going back on the road down 3-2, but it is a little surprising how rare it's been lately.  If the Rangers do lose Game 5 and win the final 2 in St. Louis, it would be truly history.

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