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MLB: Teams that Have Come Back to Win the World Series After Being Down 3-2

The 1985 Kansas City Royals Came Back To Win The World Series After Being Down 3-2

The 1985 Kansas City Royals Came Back To Win The World Series After Being Down 3-2

The Kansas City Royals‘ backs are up against the wall. They’re returning home, down to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in the 2014 World Series.

Well, 21 times a team in such a position, including the 1985 Royals, has come back to win it all. Of those 21 teams, 12, again including the ’85 Royals, had home field advantage. In other words, they won the last two games at home (and KC also won the last game in St. Louis – they actually were down 3-1).

And in other words, it ain’t over till it’s over.

The last time an underdog came back from 3-2 to win the final two games on the road was in 1979, when the Pittsburgh Pirates stole the title from the Baltimore Orioles.

One more note: We know the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals have the most World Series titles – the Yanks far ahead – so naturally they are both well represented below with 12 of the 21 comebacks involving either or both teams.

But here is one area where the Cardinals excel over the Yankees. The Cards have come back from down three games to two an amazing five times (to the Yankees two).

In other words, five of the Cardinals 12 championships (41.6 percent) were born of this scenario. That’s one turnaround away from half. Wow.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SERIES
1. 1903 Boston Americans* Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3
2. 1921 New York Giants* New York Yankees 5-3
3. 1924 Washington Senators* New York Giants 4-3
4. 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates* Washington Senators 4-3
5. 1926 St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees* 4-3
6. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers* 4-3
7. 1940 Cincinnati Reds* Detroit Tigers 4-3
8. 1946 St. Louis Cardinals* Boston Red Sox 4-3
9. 1952 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers* 4-3
10. 1958 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves* 4-3
11. 1968 Detroit Tigers St. Louis Cardinals* 4-3
12. 1973 Oakland A’s* New York Mets 4-3
13. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles* 4-3
14. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals* Milwaukee Brewers 4-3
15. 1985 Kansas City Royals* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
16. 1986 New York Mets* Boston Red Sox 4-3
17. 1987 Minnesota Twins* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
18. 1991 Minnesota Twins* Atlanta Braves 4-3
19. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks* New York Yankees 4-3
20. 2002 Anaheim Angels* San Francisco Giants 4-3
21. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals* Texas Rangers 4-3

* Home field advantage

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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.

UPDATED LIST: Through 2014 Game 6, where the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-0 to force a Game 7.

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
15. 2014 Kansas City Royals 10 San Francisco Giants 0 Game 6 10

Photo: lonecadaver.com

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