10/26/07 8:53 PM ET
Rockies seek fresh start at home
World Series shifts to Colorado with Red Sox in control
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
His 2001 Diamondbacks won the first two games against the Yankees at what was then called Bank One Ballpark and then survived a sweep of the three games at Yankee Stadium before returning home to win that series in seven games. Of course, he was also on the 2004 Red Sox team that rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, the only time in Major League history that's happened in a best-of-seven series.Schilling was asked if he could share any lessons he learned from the 2001 World Series, in particular, with his current teammates. "Since I'm the only guy from that World Series playing in this one, no," said Schilling, who was a co-MVP of the 2001 series with teammate Randy Johnson. "This is the two best teams in the game, the two left standing. Regardless of us being up 2-0 or what percentages say, it's irrelevant to us and it's irrelevant to them. We're both here because we really didn't pay attention to statistics. We played the games at hand and we grinded out a 162-game schedule."
Red Sox at 2-0 in Good Company
|Fifty-one teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series, with 39 of the previous 50 going on to win the championship(78%). Sixteen of the last 22 Fall Classics, starting in 1985, have now headed to Game 3 with one team on top, 2-0. Twelve of the 15 previous teams have gone on to win the Series, with the outcome of this World Series undecided.|
|Year||Team up 2-0||Opponent||Outcome|
|2005||Chicago WS||Houston||Chicago, 4-0|
|2004||Boston||St. Louis||Boston, 4-0|
|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 27 of those World Series. The Yankees lost to the Dodgers after taking a 2-0 lead in 1981, but since then, the last 10 home teams to take a 2-0 edge have won the series.|
In the Rox case, make that 163.Of course, they are glad to be home where they compiled a 54-31 record this season, including a National League Wild Card tie-breaker and two rounds of playoffs. The Wild Card-tiebreaker win here on Oct. 1 came over the Padres with three runs in the bottom of the 13th and ended the season for Colorado with 14 wins in its final 15 games. That streak stretched to 21 out of 22 through sweeps of the Phillies in the NL Division Series and Arizona in the NLCS. In their first World Series, the Rockies won all the games that sent them on to next level at home where they hope to revive their flagging chances this weekend. After scoring two runs on 11 hits against the Red Sox at Fenway, the Rockies need to clean the slate and all that rot. They've allowed too many gratuitous baserunners, issuing 12 walks and hitting a batter. They haven't been able to close down an inning: 11 of Boston's 15 runs came with two out and none having already scored. On the offensive side, they've stranded seven of nine baserunners in scoring position. "Well, it's disappointing," Hurdle said. "It puts you in positions you don't want to get into. That being said, we've got to find a way to correct it. We haven't helped ourselves when we've been able to. We've made enough mistakes that we've cost us a little bit and we've put ourselves in a hole down two games. We've got a tough challenge ahead of us, but the reality is we [are] home now [to] play some baseball. I anticipate that we're going to be better at home."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.