While Melissa will provide you with the actual game recap later, the San Francisco Giants made history today with their victory over the Cincinnati Reds, clinching a National League Division Series crown in the process.
The unique 2-3 game format employed by Major League Baseball this year in the Division Series is the first of its kind in modern time, so there’s little history to go off of in terms of recent comparisons. Only the World Series has used the 2-3 format in a series’ first five games (actually 2-3-2) and while that wont tell the whole story of what the Giants did, let’s look at that stat for just a moment.
No team has lost the first two games of a 2-3-2 series format and came back to win the series – ever – and that’s in a seven game scenario. In addition to that, only four teams in the history of the Division round have fallen down two games to none and came back to win the series (all American League, most recently Boston in ’03). However, those scenarios were in 2-2-1 formats, thus those teams who fell behind 0-2 in their series did so on the ROAD and then came home for two games.
The Giants on the other hand lost the first two at home and were forced into three straight elimination games on the road. Unlike teams who happened to lose the first two games at home in a 2-3-2 format, they didn’t have the “extra” game to play with. They didn’t have the pleasures of going home after falling behind 0-2, like Boston in 2003. They didn’t have the comfort of knowing their final game(s), despite any deficit they may face in a series, would be at a rowdy AT&T Park.
What the Giants accomplished, while not as vaulted or appreciated as coming back from a 0-3 series hole, was just as impressive given the circumstances. Vomit inducing moments aside, enjoy what you just watched – you saw history, Giant fans.