Baseball Teams That Have Come Back From 3-1 in the Postseason (ALCS, NLCS)

The 2007 Boston Red Sox Were the Last Team to Come Back From Down 3-1 in a League Championship Series

The 2007 Boston Red Sox Were the Last Team to Come Back From Down 3-1 in a League Championship Series

Only six times in baseball history has a team come back from three games to one to win either the American League Championship Series (ALCS) or National League Championship Series (NLCS).

It is important to note, though, that prior to 1969, there were no playoff series – only the World Series. And then, between 1969 and 1984, the ALCS and NLCS were both only three-of-five series.

1985 was the first year both the ALCS and NLCS  went to seven games, and the Kansas City Royals became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win, too, beating the Toronto Blue Jays.

Of course the 2004 Boston Red Sox came back from 3-0 down to beat the New York Yankees on the way to their first World Series title in 86 years.

The 2012 San Francisco Giants are trying to become just the third National League team to come back from being down three games to one and also join this list of those six teams to do it.

Three of them were Boston Red Sox.

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LIST UPDATED: Through 2012 Postseason. It turns out the Giants did come back from 3-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012’s NLCS to become the seventh team overall and third from the NL. Then they went on to win the World Series. I’ve denoted all the WS winners with an asterisk. Five of the seven went on to win it all, which says something about momentum and mindset.

  YEAR SERIES WINNER LOSER MVP
1. 1985 ALCS Kansas City Royals* Toronto Blue Jays George Brett
2. 1986 ALCS Boston Red Sox California Angels Marty Barrett
3. 1996 NLCS Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals Javy Lopez
4. 2003 NLCS Florida Marlins* Chicago Cubs Ivan Rodriguez
5. 2004 ALCS Boston Red Sox* New York Yankees David Ortiz
6. 2007 ALCS Boston Red Sox* Cleveland Indians Josh Beckett
7. 2012 NLCS San Francisco Giants* St. Louis Cardinals Marco Scutaro

Photo: sfgate.com

Posted on October 19, 2012, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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