First, the importance of game two. In the history of 5-game playoff series in the AL (ALCS 1969-1984, ALDS 1981, 1995-present), there have been eight times that teams split games one and two and the series ended in four. SEVEN of the eight times, the game one winner swept the next three; only once (Yankees, 1978) did the teams split games one and two and the game one winner also won games three and four. More surprisingly, in six of the seven series where the ALDS/ALCS winner won three straight after losing game 1, it won games 3 and 4 on the road! The Yanks turned that trick three times (1996, 2003, 2004). The one exception: the '02 Angels over the Yanks.
The Mess won game one and lost game two on the road in both the '99 and '00 NLDS (D'Backs and Giants, respectively), then took games three and four at home.
Next, the swept outs -- a (slim) possibility raised by the BloSax (who
That's all for now.