|Seven teams have advanced after losing the first two games of a five-game series.|
This October's quartet raises to 58 the number of times teams have faced an 0-2 deficit in a five-game postseason series (which included the Championship Series from 1969 through 1984).Of the first 54, only seven teams came back to win. But only two did so by winning Game 5 on the road, which would be the challenge facing the White Sox if they can even up the Division Series with a pair of U.S. Cellular Field wins over the Rays. The way that oddity works: When Major League Baseball introduced the LCS with the advent of divisional play, the original format was 2-3, Team A hosting the first two games and Team B the last three. Only those other shades of Sox -- Red -- have completed comebacks from 0-2 on the road: In 2003 against the A's, and in 1999 against the Indians. Historical precedence doesn't give much encouragement to either the Cubs or the White Sox. At least, in 1906, Chicago knew both could not lose, since they played each other in the World Series. In 2008, there are no such assurances.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.