"They follow the game and appreciate what you do for the team," Abreu said.
TOUGH TIMES AT HOME
|2005||ALCS||3||White Sox 5, Angels 2|
|4||White Sox 8, Angels 2|
|5||White Sox 6, Angels 3|
|2007||ALDS||3||Red Sox 9, Angels 1|
|2008||ALDS||1||Red Sox 4, Angels 1|
|2||Red Sox 7, Angels 5|
The Angels don't necessarily need to win the first game. They won the World Series in 2002 even though they lost the first game of each playoff series. But they were 8-1 at home during the playoffs, losing only Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants. They were down, 3-2, coming back to Anaheim for the final two games and swept them both to take the title.Since that glorious run, they have lost 15 of 20 playoff games, including nine of 11 at Angel Stadium. The Angels haven't won a playoff game here. Their last playoff win at home came in 2005 with a 5-3 victory over the Yankees in Game 4 to wrap up the Division Series. That advanced them to the Championship Series and they split the first two games against the White Sox. But their home-field troubles started right after that. They returned to Anaheim and lost three straight. "Since winning the World Series, we've played some really good series and some that were very poor," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't think it's a matter of where you're playing and who you're playing but how you're playing. We haven't played well at home, you know, we haven't played that well on the road, either, in a lot of our recent playoff series." In the 28 previous ALDS, the team that has won the first game has gone on to win the series 14 times. In the National League it's much more pronounced. The winner of Game 1 has gone on to advance 25 times.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.