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October 06, 2005

Yankees LDS Contests With Splits To Start

There have been six times before this ALDS where the Yankees have split the first two games of their series:

1996: The Yankees lost their first game at the Stadium to the Rangers, then came back to win Game 2 (in 12 innings, 5-4). The Yankees then won the next two games in Texas. They needed two in the 9th to win Game 3 (by the score of 3-2).

1997: The Yankees won the first game of the series at the Stadium over the Indians, then lost Game 2 (also at home). New York went to Cleveland after that - and won Game 3. But, they lost the next two games - both in Cleveland - by one run each. (This was before the LDS went to the 2-2-1 format.) Game 4 was the crusher here - when Mo gave up the HR to Alomar in the 8th.

2000: The Yankees split the first two on the road in Oakland - losing the first and winning the second. Then the series moved to New York where the team split two games - Yanks won Game 3 and the A's romped in Game 4. Then, the series moved back to Oakland for Game 5 - with the Yankees winning 7-5.

2002: The Yankees won the first game at the Stadium over the Angels, then lost Game 2 (at home). The series then moved to Anaheim where the Angels won the next two games - with 9 runs in each game - and took the series.

2003: The Yankees lost the first game at the Stadium to the Twins, then came back to win Game 2. The Yankees then had no problem taking the next two games in Minnesota.

2004: This was the same as 2003. The Yankees lost the first game at the Stadium to the Twins, then came back to win Game 2. The Yankees then took the next two games in Minnesota. However, Game 2 and 4 were close - and required great comebacks for the Yankees to win.

So, there's never been an ALDS for the Yankees where they opened on the road and then split the first two games with their loss coming in the 2nd game of the two road contests.

But, if there's anything to learn from the above summaries it is that Game 3 is the key when the teams split the first two games. In five of these six series mentioned, the team that won Game 3 took the series. And, if not for the Rivera HR to Alomar, it could probably be six for six.

This Friday is going to be a very important game for the Yankees to win.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 6, 2005 10:04 AM

Comments

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Posted by: Lindsay at October 6, 2005 12:31 PM

Looks to me like the team that won Game 2 won every one of those series. Bad sign.

Posted by: Cliff at October 6, 2005 01:09 PM

"This Friday is going to be a very important game for the Yankees to win"

you think? Which playoff game isn't very important?

Reminds me of that scene in A Few Good Men

"I Object"
"Overruled"
"I Strenuouly object"
"Oh well- OK...sustained"

add in the fact that Johnson is pitching, and if we lose, we get Colon in Game 5, rather than game 4....more like vitally important

Posted by: Philly Phil at October 6, 2005 01:37 PM

The weather is going to be a problem Friday night (as mentioned elsewhere) and Saturday afternoon. They may have to play through rain Friday night and with RJ on the mound that is worrisome. Saturday looks like very heavy rain, only when will it arrive. Some forecasters are saying around 6PM Saturday but some are saying earlier.

Posted by: Don at October 6, 2005 01:44 PM

Word Cliff.

BTW, anyone, I spoke to Lindsay - if you have a story, call her! Thanks.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at October 6, 2005 02:00 PM

I don't have a story - no superstitions - but I hope she mentions WW in her article.

What an interesting approach for a journalist to take - posting in baseball blogs to find people for a baseball story. Makes a lot of sense, in retrospect. I'm glad to see people are thinking differently than just going to the old rolodex (as my hometown paper did every time a story about Yankee fans came out - it was always the same people!).

With rain looming on Friday, its a shame that FOX will never allow the game to be moved to the afternoon. Sigh.

Posted by: Shaun P. at October 6, 2005 03:19 PM

"This Friday is going to be a very important game for the Yankees to win"

you think? Which playoff game isn't very important?
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Exactly. While it may not be guaranteed, I'd feel better with a 2-1 lead instead of being down 1-2 in a series

Posted by: Raf at October 6, 2005 04:26 PM

[mccarver]I think the team that wins the last game of the series will have a very good chance to win the whole series.[/mccarver]

[morgan]I don't care what the statistics say about who won which game. Statistics don't play the game. Wins and losses play the game and whoever plays the game and gets the most of those wins and losses wins the series and that's how you know who the winner is and who the loser is.[/morgan]

[scooter]I'm telling you, that's some cannoli.[/scooter]

Posted by: hopbitters at October 6, 2005 05:02 PM