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MLB World Series: Teams that Have Come Back From Down 2-0

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

The 1996 New York Yankees Were The Last Team To Come Back From 2-0 To Win The World Series

Out of 109 completed World Series, about half – 53 – started out with one team going up two games to none over the other.

Of those, only 11 times has the team down 2-0 come back to win the championship. And of those, four – that is only four times (!) – has the team with home field advantage come back to win it all.

Let’s check the percentages on all this. Down 2-0? Then, actually not too bad considering the circumstances – you’ve got a 21 percent chance of winning the World Series.

However, if you lose those first two games at home, things dwindle to a 5.7 percent chance (three of 53). I’m not including 1921, because back then teams alternated playing at home with the home field advantage team getting Game 7.

The upshot is, if the Kansas City Royals (who gained home field advantage thanks to the American League winning the All-Star Game) lose again tonight, things won’t be looking good at all for a title. Then again, they didn’t look good in 1985, either. The Royals happened to be one of those home teams.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SERIES
1. 1921 New York Giants* New York Yankees 5-3
2. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 4-3
3. 1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3
4. 1958 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves 4-3
5. 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 4-3
6. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 4-3
7. 1978 New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
8. 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees 4-2
9. 1985 Kansas City Royals* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
10. 1986 New York Mets* Boston Red Sox 4-3
11. 1996 New York Yankees* Atlanta Braves 4-2

* home field advantage

Photo: Susan Walsh, AP via nytimes.com

Biggest Blowouts in World Series History (Game)

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

It seems more often than not, World Series games (if not the Series themselves) are close.

Out of all those meetings (631 of them through 2013), only 17 (2.69 percent) were blowouts of 10 runs or more. In the last 30 years, we have seen only seven such games.

There hasn’t been a beating of this kind of magnitude in a good six seasons. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to hand one out, whupping the Colorado Rockies 13-1 to open the 2007 Fall Classic sweep.

The biggest blowout ever was a 14-run annihilation of the New York Giants by the eventual champion New York Yankees in 1936.

It’s doubtful we’ll see anything of this sort in 2014 with the pitching-focused talent of both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Check out what happened in 1960 – it has to be one of the greatest World Series of all time. The Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by 13 in Game 2, by 10 in Game 3 and by 12 in Game 6. But the Pirates won the Series in Game 7, thanks to Bill Mazeroski‘s walk-off home run.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
1. 1936 New York Yankees 18 New York Giants 4 Game 2 14
2. 1960 New York Yankees 16 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Game 2 13
2. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 15 New York Yankees 2 Game 6 13
4. 1951 New York Yankees 13 New York Giants 1 Game 5 12
4. 1960 New York Yankees 12 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 6 12
4. 1968 Detroit Tigers 13 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Game 6 12
4. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals 13 Milwaukee Brewers 1 Game 6 12
4. 2002 San Francisco Giants 16 Anaheim Angels 4 Game 5 12
4. 2007 Boston Red Sox 13 Colorado Rockies 1 Game 1 12
10. 1911 Philadelphia Athletics 13 New York Giants 2 Game 6 11
10. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Detroit Tigers 0 Game 7 11
10. 1959 Chicago White Sox 11 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 1 11
10. 1985 Kansas City Royals 11 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 11
10. 1996 Atlanta Braves 12 New York Yankees 1 Game 1 11
15. 1960 New York Yankees 10 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 3 10
15. 1978 New York Yankees 12 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Game 5 10
15. 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 10 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 1 10

Photo: lonecadaver.com

Baseball Players with the Most Multi-Home Run Games in The World Series and Postseason

The Sultan Of World Series Swat, Babe Ruth, Hit Three Home Runs In A World Series Game Twice

The Sultan Of World Series Swat, Babe Ruth, Hit Three Home Runs In A World Series Game Twice

Only six players have had more than one multi-home run game in the World Series, led by Babe Ruth, who had four – twice as many as anyone else. The other five guys did it twice apiece.

In 1980, Kansas City Royals first baseman, Willie Aikens became the first player to have more than one multi-hr game in a single World Series – but the Royals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies four games to two.

Chase Utley became the second and only other player to do that in 2009, this time in a winning effort.

Another 12 players had at least two multi-home run games in the postseason, including Manny Ramirez and Carlos Beltran with three, second most behind the Babe. Beltran did it with three different teams, in fact.

If you want to see every single player with a multi-home run game in the World Series and postseason, check out my amazing source today, baseball-reference.com.

MULTI-HOME RUN GAMES IN THE WORLD SERIES

PLAYER SEASON SERIES GAME HR FOR AGAINST
1. Babe Ruth 4 1923 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees New York Giants
1926 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1928 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Chase Utley 2 2009 World Series Game 1 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2009 World Series Game 5
2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2. Duke Snider 2 1952 World Series Game 6 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
1955 World Series Game 5 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
2. Mickey Mantle 2 1958 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves
1960 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Lou Gehrig 2 1928 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Willie Aikens 2 1980 World Series Game 1 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Game 4 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies

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MULTI-HOME RUN GAMES IN THE POSTSEASON

PLAYER SEASON SERIES GAME HR FOR AGAINST
1. Babe Ruth 4 1923 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees New York Giants
1926 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1928 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Manny Ramirez 3 1995 ALCS Game 2 2 Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
1998 ALDS Game 3 2 Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
2005 ALDS Game 3 2 Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox
2. Carlos Beltran 3 2004 NLDS Game 5 2 Houston Astros Atlanta Braves
2006 NLCS Game 4 2 New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
2012 NLDS Game 2 2 St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals
4. Bernie Williams 2 1995 ALDS Game 3 2 New York Yankees Seattle Mariners
1996 ALDS Game 4 2 New York Yankees Texas Rangers
4. Jayson Werth 2 2009 NLCS Game 5 2 Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers
2009 World Series Game 3 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
4. Chase Utley 2 2009 World Series Game 1 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2009 World Series Game 5 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
4. Jim Thome 2 1998 ALCS Game 3 2 Cleveland Indians New York Yankees
1999 ALDS Game 5 2 Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
4. Duke Snider 2 1952 World Series Game 6 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
1955 World Series Game 5 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
4. Mickey Mantle 2 1958 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves
1960 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Jeff Kent 2 1997 NLDS Game 3 2 San Francisco Giants Florida Marlins
2002 World Series Game 5 2 San Francisco Giants Anaheim Angels
4. Eric Karros 2 1995 NLDS Game 2 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Cincinnati Reds
2003 NLDS Game 4 2 Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves
4. Chipper Jones 2 1995 NLDS Game 1 2 Atlanta Braves Colorado Rockies
2003 NLDS Game 4 2 Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs
4. Reggie Jackson 2 1971 ALCS Game 3 2 Oakland A’s Baltimore Orioles
1977 World Series Game 6 3 New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Troy Glaus 2 2002 ALDS Game 1 2 Anaheim Angels New York Yankees
2002 World Series Game 1 2 Anaheim Angels San Francisco Giants
4. Lou Gehrig 2 1928 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
4. Steve Garvey 2 1974 NLCS Game 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Pittsburgh Pirates
1978 NLCS Game 1 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies
4. George Brett 2 1978 ALCS Game 3 3 Kansas City Royals New York Yankees
1985 ALCS Game 3 2 Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays
4. Willie Aikens 2 1980 World Series Game 1 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Game 4 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies

Photo: onthisdayinsports.blogspot.com

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