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10/25/07 3:00 AM ET
Opening rout may not carry to Game 2
Losers of Game 1 blowouts often complete Series turnaround
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The Red Sox shouldn't be too overconfident, and the Rockies shouldn't be too frantic. For the history of opening-game blowouts doesn't necessarily mean that the winner will go on to take the World Series. Despite a 13-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, the Rockies may be just as likely to win Game 2 on Thursday to even the best-of-seven series. They'll have rookie Ubaldo Jimenez back at the Fens against veteran Curt Schilling in a battle of right-handers. "One of the strengths this club has had throughout the season is our confidence, and it hasn't been shaken by the results of this game," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle after his club suffered the most lopsided Game 1 loss in World Series history. "Really, it's a series of games. That being said, this is not the way we drew it up. But I feel real confident we'll get back out there and get after it tomorrow." That being said, three of the four teams that lost the most lopsided first games were able to win the Series. The Dodgers lost, 11-0, to the White Sox in 1959 and went on to win in six games. The Brewers knocked out the Cardinals, 10-0, in 1982 and lost the series in seven. And the 1996 Yankees -- who lost Game 1, 12-1, to the Braves -- lost Game 2 (also at Yankee Stadium), but came back to win the next four and the series in six games. Only the 1987 Twins, who clubbed the Cardinals, 10-1, in Game 1, went on to win the series in seven games. The Red Sox certainly aren't taking anything for granted. "Well, we definitely have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow, and you're always excited to come back to the ballpark," said Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who continued his torrid postseason by smacking two of his team's record-tying eight doubles in Game 1. "But those guys are definitely going to just wash it away, because a loss is a loss and a win is a win. You've got to move on to the next day, because this is the best of seven. It doesn't matter what you do in the first game." Throughout World Series history, Game 1 winners have gone on to win the series 62 times, or 60.8 percent of the time. But during the last decade, that pattern has shifted. Game 1 winners have taken the title nine times of the last 10 times, with the lone exception being the Angels, who lost Game 1 of the 2002 World Series to the Giants but came back from a 3-2 deficit to win the Fall Classic.
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.