Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Home Teams with a Chance to Clinch in Game 6


Teams leading 3-2, with a chance to clinch at home in Game 6 (since 1925)
2009 Yankees: Won Game 6
1997 Marlins: Lost Game 6, Won Game 7
1996 Yankees; Won Game 6
1995 Braves: Won Game 6
1993 Blue Jays: Won Game 6
1980 Phillies: Won Game 6

1979 Orioles: Lost Game 6 & 7 (also lost Game 5)
1977 Yankees: Won Game 6
1968 Cardinals: Lost Game 6 & 7 (also lost Game 5)
1964 Cardinals: Lost Game 6, Won Game 7
1960 Pirates: Lost Game 6, Won Game 7

1958 Braves: Lost Game 6 & 7 (also lost Game 5)
1953 Yankees: Won Game 6
1952 Dodgers: Lost Game 6 & 7
1951 Yankees: Won Game 6
1947 Yankees: Lost Game 6, Won Game 7
1944 Cardinals: Won Game 6

1935 Tigers: Won Game 6
1934 Tigers: Lost Game 6 & 7
1931 Cardinals: Lost Game 6, Won Game 7
1930 A's: Won Game 6
1926 Yankees: Lost Game 6 & 7

Since 1925, there have been 22 teams with a chance to clinch the World Series at home in Game 6, and half of them have closed it out in the first try.  Of the remaining 11 teams, 5 managed to win Game 7.  Of the remaining 6 teams, 3 of them had led the series 3 games to 1.  The last time a team lost Games 6 and 7 at home after winning Game 5 was 1952.  The other two times (1934 and 1926) had the Cardinals pulling it off on the road.

It appears highly unlikely that the Cardinals could still win this series, but this is a series that had already had one game end on obstruction and another on a pickoff.  It might be even more unlikely that the Red Sox will wind it up with an easy Game 6 win.

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