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“Div” Series Updates And That Terry Francona Note Again

October 9, 2018

This is the second straight season that both the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, last year’s World Series opponents, advanced to the L.C.S. with same day Monday, road victories.

Last season, Houston wrapped its div series, winning an early start game 4 at Boston vs the Red Sox, while this season again in an early start, completed a 3 game sweep at Cleveland, vs the Cleveland Indians.

Meanwhile the Dodgers, who swept Arizona (Diamondbacks) last season, won in 4, clinching yesterday/Monday at Atlanta vs the Braves.

The Dodgers will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L.C.S. beginning Friday in Milwaukee while Houston will meet the winner of the Boston/Yankees “div” series, in which Boston, exactly 62 years after Don Larsen pitched an unprecedented World Series perfect game for the Yankees, scored 16 runs and took a (2-1) series lead.

The A.L.C.S. will begin Saturday night either in Boston or Houston.

Add two to the post below that cites the incredible fact that now in 14 post-season series managed by current Cleveland skipper, Terry Francona, one team or the other (8 times Francona’s team and 6 times the opposition won 3 straight games en route to the series win. One could also add the ’04 Yankees, who won the first three games but lost that A.L.C.S.) won 3 straight games en route to a series win.

Click below to read the post from October 2017 regarding this fact. Remember add div series losses (to the Yankees last season and this year vs Houston to the note). By the way, as you can see, the notes were posted here one year apart on respective October 9th’s.

 

After losing the first 7 “div” series games this season, the road team has won 5 of the last 6 such tilts.

 

 

 

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