For those Sox fans who take comfort in statistical patterns that suggest a Boston victory, we offer this tidbit from the Sox’ PR staff in their notes before tonight’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series:
SERIES AT 2-3: This is the eighth time that the Red Sox have dropped three of the first five games in a best-of-seven or best-of-nine postseason series. On the seven previous occasions, Boston is 7-0 in Game 6.
|1903/WS||Pittsburgh||Won on Road||Won in 8|
|1967/WS||St. Louis||Won at Home||Lost in 7|
|1975/WS||Cincinnati||Won at Home||Lost in 7|
|1986/LCS||California||Won at Home||Won in 7|
|2003/LCS||New York||Won on Road||Lost in 7|
|2004/LCS||New York||Won on Road||Won in 7|
|2007/LCS||Cleveland||Won at Home||Won in 7|
As the chart suggests, the Red Sox are slightly better than a flip of the coin to win the series, but they’re a virtual lock to win Game 6, if history holds true.
Overall, the Sox are 8-3 lifetime in the sixth game of a playoff series, winning the last three since a certain loss to the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. But why bring up bad memories?