Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Sign of Hope for Phillies Fans

by Bob Herpen

The Phillies are staring down a three-games-to-one deficit in the NLCS, which continues later Thursday in San Francisco. Roy Halladay has the task of keeping the season alive while facing Tim Lincecum, who can pitch the Giants into the World Series for the first time since 2002.

There is hope for fans teetering on the precipice: on six occasions since the series moved to a best-of-seven format in 1985, a team has rebounded from that 3-1 deficit to win:

1985 Kansas City Royals*
1986 Boston Red Sox
1996 Atlanta Braves
2003 Florida Marlins
2004 Boston Red Sox**
2007 Boston Red Sox***

Of the six to pull off the feat, only the '86 Red Sox and '96 Braves failed to win the World Series.

* Kansas City also rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Fall Classic to beat St. Louis after turning aside Toronto in the ALCS.

** Boston rebounded from an 0-3 series hole and won the final four of the ALCS against the Yankees and swept a four-game World Series from St. Louis.

***The Red Sox won the final three games over Cleveland in the ALCS then swept a four-game set over Colorado in the World Series.

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