ALCS Game 3 and NLCS Game 4 Previews, Monday 10/19

I was going to spend a fair amount of time this morning going through all the series in which a team had gone up two games to none and still lost. Fortunately, my friends at the SBN Angels site Halos Heaven did my work for me:
There have been 69 postseason series slated for 7 Games where one team went up 2 games to 0.

13 of those series were comebacks by the team down 0-2. Will the Angels match Mike Scioscia's jersey number and be the 14th in baseball history?

One of these teams was the 2004 Red Sox overcoming a 3-0 ALCS deficit. Name the Other 12...

So, going strictly by the historical numbers, the Angels have about a 19% chance of winning. Some of those series had the team down 0-2 at home and still winning -- the 1986 World Series comes to mind immediately -- and the Angels are a good team. Don't crown the Yankees AL champions... just yet.

The weather is slowly improving in the Northeast; tonight in Philadelphia it should be better than last night, with no rain and temperatures in the low 50's at game time. It's cooled off in southern California; the temperature in Anaheim for this afternoon's game isn't likely to be much above 70. Today is the last day of the 2009 season where there will be two games, unless the NLCS goes to a seventh game (then there would be two games on Saturday).

Starlin Castro has had a good start in the Arizona Fall League, going 7-for-14 in his first four games. Some in the Cubs organization think he could be in the major leagues as soon as next season. That might be too soon, but it's nice to know that the Cubs have a genuine major league prospect who can play shortstop and hit. If Castro does make the majors sometime in 2010, he'd likely become the first major league player born in 1990 or later (March 24, 1990 is his birthdate; he'll turn 20 during spring training next year).

Yankees at Angels, 3:13 pm CDT. Yankees lead series 2-0. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Angels site Halos Heaven and Yankees site Pinstripe Alley.

Dodgers at Phillies, 7:07 pm CDT. Phillies lead series 2-1. TV: TBS. Announcers: Chip Caray, Buck Martinez and Ron Darling.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Dodgers site True Blue LA and Phillies site The Good Phight.

Once again, no overflows scheduled today. If you need one, post it in the FanShot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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