1. How many of you think the 2-3-2 playoff format confers an advantage on the team that opens at home? If you do, please state the grounds of your belief. I deny that there is any such advantage. Since 1997, the team that started at home has won 15 seven-game series (that includes World Series and LCS). The team that started on the road has won 17 series (counting Cleveland as a winner over Boston in 2007).
2. At least two World Series games will be played in Denver, on 27 and 28 October. The games could easily be snowed out. Has a game ever been called on account of cold?
3. The Colorado Rockies have won 21 of their past 22 games. That’s ridiculous. In 1984, my beloved Detroit Tigers began the year 35-5. The Rockies are entering Tiger territory.
4. Can the Boston Red Sox win three straight games against the Cleveland Indians? If they do, will they have anything left for the World Series? (Please don’t remind me that the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit in 2004 and then went on to sweep the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The question is, can lightning strike twice in four years?)
Addendum: Regarding note 1, did anyone hear of home-field advantage before Bud Selig became commissioner? I’ve been a baseball fan for 40 years, and I never heard anyone, in any context, say (or imply) that the 2-3-2 format confers an advantage on anyone. Either Bud Selig invented this as a gimmick to sell the All-Star game or tens of thousands of baseball experts missed something obvious. I’ll let you draw the conclusion.
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