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
There are two answers: a very, very short one and a slightly longer, technical one.
Since the first playoff rounds were introduced in 1969 (NLCS and ALCS), only one team ever has gone perfectly through the postseason: the 1976 Cincinnati Reds swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS and then swept the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Before that, any sweep in the World Series would have to be considered an undefeated postseason. That happened 12 times before 1969. So the longer answer? Thirteen teams in total have had perfect records in the postseason.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1907||Chicago Cubs||4-0||World Series||Detroit Tigers|
|2.||1914||Boston Braves||4-0||World Series||Philadelphia Athletics|
|3.||1922||New York Giants||4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
|4.||1927||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|5.||1928||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||St. Louis Cardinals|
|6.||1932||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Chicago Cubs|
|7.||1938||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Chicago Cubs|
|8.||1939||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Cincinnati Reds|
|9.||1950||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Philadelphia Phillies|
|10.||1954||New York Giants||4-0||World Series||Cleveland Indians|
|11.||1963||Los Angeles Dodgers||4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
|12.||1966||Baltimore Orioles||4-0||World Series||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
Man, there have been a lot of lopsided victories in the NFL this season, prompting some serious interest in posts on football shutouts and blowouts:
In 2014, it all started with that Week 3 Thursday night game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons jumped out to a 56-0 lead before the Bucs “closed the gap” to make it 56-14.
Today, Joe Flacco put five touchdowns in the books and the Baltimore Ravens jumped to a 38-0 lead against the (again) Bucs – all in the first half alone. And tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles blanked the New York Giants, 27-0.
And there’s been plenty more beatdowns than that.
So, in the spirit of the season, here’s one more beatdown list for y’all.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||New England Patriots||59||Tennessee Titans||0||Oct. 18, 2009|
|1.||Los Angeles Rams||59||Atlanta Falcons||0||Dec. 4, 1976|
|3.||Seattle Seahawks||58||Arizona Cardinals||0||Dec. 9, 2012|
|4.||Miami Dolphins||52||New England Patriots||0||Nov. 12, 1972|
|5.||Cleveland Browns||51||Pittsburgh Steelers||0||Sep. 10, 1989|
|6.||Kansas City Chiefs||49||Arizona Cardinals||0||Dec. 1, 2002|
|7.||Jacksonville Jaguars||48||Cleveland Browns||0||Dec. 3, 2000|
|7.||San Francisco 49ers||48||Los Angeles Rams||0||Dec. 27, 1987|
|9.||Houston Oilers||47||Chicago Bears||0||Nov. 6, 1977|
|10.||Pittsburgh Steelers||45||Kansas City Chiefs||0||Nov. 7, 1976|
|10.||Oakland Raiders||45||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||Dec. 19, 1999|
|10.||Seattle Seahawks||45||Kansas City Chiefs||0||Nov. 4, 1984|
|10.||Washington Redskins||45||Detroit Lions||0||Sep. 1, 1991|
|14.||Chicago Bears||44||Dallas Cowboys||0||Nov. 17, 1985|
|14.||St. Louis Cardinals||44||Houston Oilers||0||Nov. 1, 1970|
|14.||Detroit Lions||44||Jacksonville Jaguars||0||Dec. 17, 1995|
|14.||Miami Dolphins||44||Baltimore Colts||0||Nov. 11, 1973|
|18.||Baltimore Colts||43||Buffalo Bills||0||Oct. 10, 1971|
|18.||Miami Dolphins||43||New York Jets||0||Oct. 19, 1975|
|18.||Pittsburgh Steelers||43||Cleveland Browns||0||Sep. 12, 1999|