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.Follow @VinGetz
|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
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.
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|
But today, let’s switch to baseball and the American League Championship Series. How about blowouts there?
Thirteen times has a team won an ALCS game by at least nine runs, headed by a whomping involving the two greatest rivals in the game’s history.
In 1999, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in Game 3 by 12 runs, 13-1. The Yankees got the last laugh, though, taking the series in five and then sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
Two other times has a team won by 11.
But we haven’t gotten to the crazy stuff yet – and that’s the next item on today’s list. In 2004, the Yankees went up on the Red Sox three games to none with an epic 19-8 Game 3 spanking.
We all know what happened after that. History.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Boston Red Sox||13||New York Yankees||1||1999||Game 3||12|
|2.||Seattle Mariners||14||New York Yankees||3||2001||Game 3||11|
|2.||New York Yankees||19||Boston Red Sox||8||2004||Game 3||11|
|4.||New York Yankees||13||Oakland A’s||3||1981||Game 2||10|
|4.||Baltimore Orioles||11||Chicago White Sox||1||1983||Game 3||10|
|4.||Boston Red Sox||12||Cleveland Indians||2||2007||Game 6||10|
|4.||Texas Rangers||15||Detroit Tigers||5||2011||Game 6||10|
|8.||Baltimore Orioles||11||Minnesota Twins||2||1969||Game 3||9|
|8.||New York Yankees||12||Seattle Mariners||3||2001||Game 5||9|
|8.||Boston Red Sox||11||Cleveland Indians||2||2007||Game 7||9|
|8.||Tampa Bay Rays||13||Boston Red Sox||4||2008||Game 4||9|
|8.||New York Yankees||10||Los Angeles Angels||1||2009||Game 4||9|