Facts machine10/24/2004 11:38 PM ET
Forty-nine teams have now jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World Series, with 37 of those going on to win the championship (77.1%). Fourteen of the last 19 series, starting in 1985, have now headed to Game 3 with one team on top, 2-0. Ten of the 14 went on to win the Series, with the outcome of this World Series still up in the air.
|Past 14 clubs with a 2-0 advantage|
||Team ahead 2-0
|2001||Arizona||NY Yankees||Arizona, 4-3|
|2000||NY Yankees||NY Mets||NY Yankees, 4-1|
|1999||NY Yankees||Atlanta||NY Yankees, 4-0|
|1998||NY Yankees||San Diego||NY Yankees, 4-0|
|1996||Atlanta||NY Yankees||NY Yankees, 4-2|
|1989||Oakland||San Francisco||Oakland, 4-0|
|1988||Los Angeles||Oakland||Los Angeles, 4-1|
|1987||Minnesota||St. Louis||Minnesota, 4-3|
|1986||Boston||NY Mets||NY Mets, 4-3|
|1985||St. Louis||Kansas City||Kansas City, 4-3|
|Home teams have taken a 2-0 lead 34 times and have won 28 of those World Series. The Yankees lost to the Dodgers after taking a 2-0 lead in 1981, but since then, the last nine home teams to take a 2-0 edge have won the series.|
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