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Red Sox/Indians Notes

October 6, 2016

The Division Series matching the two seed, Cleveland Indians and the 8 to 5, favorites, despite being the three seed, Boston Red Sox, is the fourth between the teams.

They split the two played in back to back years in 1998 and 1999.The Indians won in four games in the also best of five, 1998 division series while the Red Sox came back from a (2-0) series deficit and won the decisive 5th game in Cleveland in 1999. Both series winners lost to the eventual World Series winning, New York Yankees in the A.L.C.S.

A (100-44) Cleveland team, in the “work stoppage” marred 1995 season, won vs Boston in three straight games, in that first year of this atrocious extra round of post-season games. After beating the Seattle Mariners in the A.L.C.S , the Atlanta Braves beat the Indians in the World Series.

The last Indians’ title was achieved against the Braves’ franchise, then the Boston Braves, in 1948. Since that time, the Braves have moved to Milwaukee and Atlanta. Before winning the World Series, the 1948 Indians won an unscheduled one game playoff at Boston’s Fenway Park, to claim the pennant.

 

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