Braves' win avoids four-sweep scenario
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
Until Atlanta's wild comeback victory (if you're holding a parlay ticket for Ankiel/Glaus/Farnsworth on a Vegas "postseason heroes" futures bet, you're rich!), it looked like baseball could be headed for uncharted territory: an all-sweep first round. The Rangers, Yankees and Phillies all have 2-0 leads, and the Giants came within five outs of joining them.
In the division series era (since 1995), never had all four series ended with 3-0 results. We have come within one game of it twice, both in the past three years. In 2007 the Yankees got one win against the Indians while the Red Sox swept the Angels, the Diamondbacks swept the Cubs and the Rockies swept the Phillies. Last year, the Rockies got a win against the Phillies while the Yankees swept the Twins, the Angels swept the Red Sox and the Dodgers swept the Cardinals.
In fact, you have to go back to 1975 to find any playoff round (short of the World Series) that was a sweep of sweeps. That year the Red Sox swept the Athletics in the ALCS and the Reds swept the Pirates in the NLCS.
At the very least, the Braves have eliminated the potential of a four-day lull between rounds, something baseball would not have liked.
-- David Andriesen
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