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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

MLB: The 10 Biggest Wins in ALCS History (Run Differential)

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

Everybody’s so in tune with the “blowout” lately, thanks to some high-scoring routs and shutouts in the NFL this season. Check out yesterday’s post for a bunch of links to football smackdowns.

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.

In 2001, the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees 14-3, also in Game 3. Again the Yankees took the series in five, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series, 4-3.

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.

WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME RUN DIFF.
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

Photo: selinker.livejournal.com

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