Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Going down 0-2 not good
Posted Oct 6, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 08:56 PM
Must win for the Rays in Game 2? You bet.
When the LCS held a best of five series (1969-84) and the LDS came about (1995-present), there have been 22 occasions when the home team lost the first two games of the series.
Only one team has rebounded from this—the 2001 New York Yankees, who lost twice at Yankee Stadium to Oakland, but won the series 3-2 (in a 2-2-1 format).
On the other 21 occasions, the home team that dropped two straight out of the box was eliminated every time. Additionally, when the home team dropped two straight to begin the series, it finished in a three-game sweep 13 out of 21 times. Eight times, it went four games before elimination.
The early LCS formats (1969-1984) were, for some reason, played in a 2-3 format.