There is a great quote in this morning’s paper from L.A. Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling regarding tonight’s Game #6 of the World Series:
“If we can just hold them to less than 12 runs, we’ll get some wins,” Stripling playfully quipped.
His comment was of course in reference to the Houston Astros 13-12 win over the Dodgers in Game #5 on Sunday night.
With that 13-12 loss, the Dodgers became only the second team in World Series history to lose a game where they scored 12 or more runs. The only other game was in Game #4 of the 1993 World Series when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-14.
There have been only four times in World Series history that a team has lost when they scored 10 or more runs. In addition to the two games mentioned above, the other two games were Game #3 of the 1997 World Series when the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 14-11, and in Game #2 of the 2002 Fall Classic when the Anaheim Angels defeated San Francisco 11-10.
Houston Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson passed for 402 yards and four TDs in his team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. He became the 56th QB in league history to have 400 yards and four TD passes in the same game.
Even more impressive, however, is that as a rookie, Watson became only the third rookie QB in NFL history to reach four TD passes and 400 yards passing in a game. The other rookie QBs in this group: Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (five TD passes and 422 yards in a November 22, 2009 game versus the Cleveland Browns) and St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger (four TD passes and 453 yards in a November 10, 2002 contest versus the San Diego Chargers).
Taking all quarterbacks in to consideration, Peyton Manning tops the list of QBs with most games with four or more TD passes and over 400 yards passing… he had eight of those games in his career. Following Manning on this list are Dan Marino with seven games and Drew Brees with five games.
Green Bay QB Brett Hundley not only lost his first career start with the Pack last week against the Saints, but his performance (statistically speaking) was certainly not what he or Packer Nation was expecting.
Hundley became the first Green Bay QB since Brett Favre to attempt 25 or more passes in a game and have less than 100 yard passing (Favre was 13-for-28 for 92 yards in a November 16, 2003 game against Tampa Bay). Hundley attempted 25 passes for only 87 yards in his first start in relief of injured QB Aaron Rodgers last week.
Hundley became the eighth Packers QB to attempt 25 or more passes in a game and tally less than 100 yards passing. In addition to Hundley and Favre, the other Green Bay QBs since 1970 to have these passing stats in a contest were: Don Majkowski (1988), Lynn Dickey (1976, 1977, 1981), David Whitehurst (1978, 1979), Carlos Brown (1976), John Hadl (1975) and Jerry Tagge (1973).
Since the 1970 merger, there have been 168 games in the NFL where a team’s QB attempted 25 or more passes and ended the game with less than 100 yards passing. It was done by 132 different QBs. Five QBs did it three times… Matt Cassel (four times), Mark Brunell, Lynn Dickey, David Krieg and Dan Pastorini (three times each).
Game Three of the World Series tonight. Each team has one win in the first two games.
Does either team have an advantage? Does a split in the first two games predict how long the series will go? What does splitting the first two games at home mean to the Dodgers? Let’s see if previous stats can predict this year’s World Series outcome.
First, since 1970 (46 different World Series from 1970-2016), 20 of those 46 World Series saw the teams split the first two games. Of those 20 series where the team split the first two games, nine went the full seven games, six went six games, and five ended up being a five-game series.
Of those 20 series (since 1970) where it was one game apiece after the first two games, the team that won the first game went on to win the World Series that year 12 times.
Of the 20 times since 1970 that the series was tied at 1-1, the home team of the first two games went on to win the World Series 10 times; obviously, the away team in those first two games went on to win the championship 10 times as well.
Based on these numbers, there appears to be a slight advantage for the Dodgers to win this year’s World Series in seven games.
(Lesson learned… don’t go to bed with the score 3-2 in the eighth inning of the World Series!)
The Houston Astros evened the 2017 World Series at a game apiece with a come-from-behind, extra-innings, 7-6 win over the Dodgers in Game Two last night.
The Astros this season became the 10th team in MLB history to reach the World Series within four years after losing 100 games in a season. Houston lost 111 games in 2013. They are looking to become only the fourth team in baseball history to win a World Series within four years of losing 100 games.
Here’s a look at the 10 teams that lost 100 games in a season and then reached the World Series within four years of those 100 losses.
Within two years
Boston Braves, 1912: Lost 101 games in ’12… won the World Series in 1914.
Boston Red Sox, 1965: Lost 100 games in ’65… lost the World Series in 1967.
New York Mets, 1967: Lost 101 games in ’67… won the World Series in 1969.
Tampa Bay, 2006: Lost 101 games in ’06… lost the World Series in 2008.
Within three years
Atlanta Braves, 1988: Lost 106 games in ’88… lost the World Series in 1991. (Note: The Braves also lost the 1992 World Series, four years after losing 106 games in 1988.)
Detroit, 2003: Lost 119 games in ’03… lost the World Series in 2006.
Within four years
San Francisco, 1985: Lost 100 games in ‘85… lost the World Series in 1989
Cleveland, 1991: Lost 105 games in ’91… lost the World Series in 1995
Chicago Cubs, 2012: Lost 101 games in ’12… won the World Series in 2016.
Houston Astros, 2013: Lost 111 games in ’13… ??? World Series 2017.