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More (3-0) Notes That Have Some Mer(r)it(t)

October 19, 2016

All this while the NLCS stands 2 games to 1 in favor of the L.A. Dodgers vs the 103 win, top seed Cubs, here are some more notes about (3-0) baseball postseason series.

The win by the Jays broke a 9 game streak in which a series with a team up (3-0) ended in 4 games. That streak included 4 World Series (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), 3 ALCS (2006, 2012 and 2014) and two NLCS (2007 and 2015).

The 2004 ALCS when the Boston Red Sox overcame a (3-0) deficit and won the series was the last time a team down (3-0) won game four.

Before that, the last two times a team down (3-0) won the 5th game were in the only two series in which a team also won game 5 before bowing out in game six.

Those occurred in back to back years, each NLCS ending in Atlanta. In 1999, the San Diego Padres had a (3-0) NLCS lead but lost games 4 and 5 at home. However, they prevailed in game 6 at Atlanta to win the series.

The next year the Braves had a (3-0) NLCS lead before losing games 4 and 5 at Shea stadium vs the New York Mets. However, Atlanta prevailed in an extra inning thriller to take the series and N.L. pennant in game 6.

Both the Padres and Braves were swept in 4 straight games in the subsequent World Series by the New York Yankees.

There have been 3 World Series in which a team led (3-0) and won in 5 games. The first was in 1910 with the Philadelphia A’s beating the Cubs. Next was 1937 with the Yankees “5 ing” the New York Giants.

The other one was in 1970, the Brooks Robinson led Baltimore Orioles 5 game triumph vs the Cincinnati Reds. Then in game 5, the O’s leading (3-1) in games, beat a pitcher named Merritt, (Jim), though he was staked to a (3-0) 1st inning lead on the road.

In moments, the Indians hope to end a once (3-0) series in 5 games, this time with a Merritt (Ryan) the starting pitcher for the winning, road team.

Who but me, would cite these facts?!



The great Brooks Robinson, pictured above.



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