Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 21, 2002

FOX ran a graphic showing that the team winning Game 1 of the Series has won 58 of 97 serieses. That sounds reasonably if not overpoweringly impressive (60%), but the series has been swept (counting two old-time serieses that included a tie) 18 times. Take those out, and the team winning Game One is a resounding 40-39. Sweeps are usually, though not always (1990, 1914), the product of huge mismatches. In other words, when the World Series is competitive, there is really no particular advantage at all in winning Game One.

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