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Another ESPN.com mistake

October 19, 2016

In the previous post, I wrote/typed that yesterday’s win by the Jays forcing a game 5, was just the second time in 7 such ALCS games, that a team down (3-0) in the series did so. That is correct.

Thus there is  another mistake on ESPN.com to report, this one written by Jerry Crasnick. The incorrect information from Crasnick on ESPN.com is below.

“Since the advent of the best-of-seven format in 1985, seven teams have taken a 3-0 lead in an ALCS. The 2004 Boston Red Sox rallied to win, and the other six clubs were swept in four.”

For the record and to check my accuracy one more time, they are paid much more than me and yet they do not check, first I will list the FIVE, NOT SIX times a team was swept in 4 straight games in an ALCS.

Then I will actually give you the number of games in the other ALCS, since the best of 7 LCS format was instituted in both leagues, commencing with the 1985 season.

The five ALCS four game sweeps were the Oakland A’s over Boston (Red Sox) in both 1988 and 1990, the Tigers over the A’s in 2006 and vs the Yankees in 2012 and the K.C. Royals vs the “Balti” Orioles in 2014.

The other 25best of seven ALCS (remember there was no baseball postseason in 1994), went the following number of games starting in 1985, with the years 1988,1990, 2006, 2012 and 2014 skipped (7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 5, 6, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 7, 7, 5, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, and 6).

 

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