Postseason almost too good to be true
Like Dusty Baker, Jack McKeon's reputation is probably safe regardless of what takes place in the Bronx.
The ideal four-game outcome
After four games, is there anything better than having a World Series (or LCS) tied at 2-2? Provided one doesn't have a rooting interesting in either team and wants nothing more than the baseball season to go on as long as possible, that is? A 2-2 tie guarantees at least two more games and allows one to plan ahead for at least one more night. It also seems like most 2-2 ties result in three more games, not two. The exceptions? 1996, 1981, 1980, 1978, 1953, 1951, 1944, 1930, 1923, 1917, 1906. OK, 11 Series seems like a lot to qualify as exceptions, but there have been a lot more seven-game World Series than six and many of those Series were once tied at 2-2.
Coincidence or conspiracy
- Jim: Have you noticed that we're getting almost the
maximum possible playoff experience this year? Think
about it: For the first time ever, there were no
sweeps in division series round, and two of them went the
maximum five games. For the first time ever, both league championship series went seven games (in '72 and '73, all LDS did go the then-maximum
five games), and we're looking at a very real possibility of
a seven-game World Series. This year will already set a
record for the most postseason games ever. And so
many of the games have been so exciting, that truly
this is a golden age. And if we can get a seven-game
World Series following two nail-biting LCS, well, I
promise not to whine too much should the Yankees win.
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