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October 30, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

Backs Against the Wall: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and History

by Mike Gianella


After Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Boston tonight to try to win two consecutive road games to clinch the 2013 World Series. Given how evenly matched the teams’ talent levels are, their one-game deficit and home field disadvantage qualify the Cardinals as underdogs.

As you might imagine, history is not on St. Louis’ side. Since 1980, six teams have gone into Game 6 of the World Series down three games to two on the road. All six teams—the 1980 Kansas City Royals, the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, the 1995 Cleveland Indians, the 1996 Atlanta Braves, the 1997 Indians, and the 2009 Phillies—failed to come back and win the series. Five of those six teams lost Game 6; only the 1997 Indians managed to force a Game 7.

Including the entirety of the postseason (playoffs and World Series), there have been 41 previous occasions where the road team was down three games to two heading into Game 6 of a series. Twenty-four of those teams lost Game 6, and seven of those teams won Game 6 and lost Game 7.

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