If you’re feeling a little queasy about tonight’s do-or-die Game 5 of the ALCS in Cleveland, a look at the Red Sox’ track record when losing three of the first four games of a playoff series might make you feel a little better.
Check out these tidbits, provided by the Red Sox in their game notes released to the media:
This is the 6th time that the Red Sox have dropped 3 of the 1st 4 games in a best of 7 or best of 9 postseason series. They have come back to win 3 of those previous 5 series.
On the 5 previous occasions, Boston is 4-1 in Game 5, the lone defeat coming in the 1999 LCS vs. the Yankees.
The Red Sox are the only the team in history to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win a best of 7 ALCS more than once, accomplishing that feat in 1986 against the Angels and 2004 versus the Yankees (they had trailed that series 3-0)…Only one other team in ALCS has done that, the 1985 Royals over Toronto.
Boston has an all-time record of 21-11 in games in which it could have been eliminated from a postseason series.