Monday, August 31, 2015

Home Teams in Game 5s, Series-Winning RBI and more ...

Home Teams are 6-10 in Division Series elimination games ... and a lot more to chew on to get ready for NLDS Game 5 Friday night.

Home Teams in Game 5s, Series-Winning RBI and more ...


There have been 66 best-of-five division series since baseball realigned and added a wild-card team for the 1995 season. Fifteen of those series have gone to a Game 5. The home team in those games is just 6-9.

Only four of those elimination games were in the NLDS, and the home team in those games was 1-3. The only NL road team to lose a NLDS Game 5 is the team that will be in the opposing dugout tonight. In 2001, the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks held off the visiting St. Louis Cardinals to advance to the NLCS.

(More tidbits to chew on below the chart.)

Here are the 15 Division Series Game 5s (NL in bold):

Year     Lg.    Home Team Opponent     Result
1995 AL Mariners Yankees W 6-5 (12)  
1997 AL Indians Yankees W 4-3
1999 AL Indians Red Sox L 8-12
2000 AL Athletics Yankees L 5-7
2001 AL Mariners Indians W 3-1
2001 AL Yankees Athletics W 5-3
2001 NL Diamondbacks     Cardinals W 2-1
2002 AL Athletics Twins L 4-5
2002 NL Braves Giants L 1-3
2003 AL Athletics Red Sox L 3-4
2003 NL Braves Cubs L 1-5
2004 NL Braves Astros L 3-12
2005 AL Angels Yankees W 5-3
2010 AL Rays Rangers L 1-5
2011 AL Yankees Tigers L 2-3

If you followed the Phillies BoopStats Blogathon following the conclusion of the regular season, you already know most of the following, but we feel the need to "Play It, Again."

♦ No National League top-seeded team (which the Phillies are) has advanced to the World Series since 2004.

♦ No NL top-seeded team has won the World Series since 1995.

♦ No 100-win NL team (the Phils had 102 this year) has won the World Series since 1986.

And a couple more tidbits to pass along ...

♦ Both teams that will meet in the ALCS were outcored in their division series. The Yankees outscored the Tigers, 28-17; and it was Rays 21, Rangers 16.

Roy Halladay enters Friday night having retired the last 21 batters he has faced. The postseason record is 34, by Don Larson, who set down the first seven batters he faced after his Perfect Game. (He had walked the last batter he faced in his outing prior to the perfecto.)

♦ The series-winning run in each of the Phillies' last three playoff victories came as a result of an at-bat by the same player. He had a single to win the Rockie series in 2009, a homer to eliminate the Dodgers that same year, and reached on an error as the winning run scored in the sweep of the Reds in last year's NLDS ... And whatever happened to Jayson Werth.

♦ Since Pedro Feliz had the game-winning hit in the 2008 World Series, that leaves Jimmy Rollins as the only active Phillie to have a series-winning RBI for them. (He won the first two series in 2008.)


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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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