This postseason has not started the way the Red Sox had envisioned. Just 3 days ago, the Red Sox entered the playoffs as a team who had won 93 games, won the American League East, and accomplished the feat of being the MLB's most prolific offense. Down two games to none to the Cleveland Indians, The Boston Red Sox have the pedigree to overcome a postseason deficit.
Falling behind two games to none has proven to be a daunting task for most. Historically, 12% of teams have overcome an 0-2 deficit in the divisional series. However, the Red Sox aren't your typical team. The Red Sox are the only team to pull off this feat multiple times. They achieved the task in both 1999 and 2003.
In 1999, the Sox trailed the Cleveland Indians two games to none only to rally back to win three straight games. History repeated itself in 2003 when the Sox dug themselves an 0-2 hole against the Oakland Athletics, they were able to capture the series. In 2007, the Sox feel behind the Cleveland Indians 3-1 in the American League Championship Series. A series that looked to have already concluded even before the Indians popped the champagne in celebratory rage. A series that would require the Sox to beat a CC Sabathia who was in his prime, and a 19-8 Roberto Hernandez. Despite the odds, the Sox would beat Sabathia and Hernandez in route to a birth to the World Series and an eventual championship. And of course, who could forget the biggest comeback in the history of the modern sports era, the 2004 ALCS. With matters seemingly in hand, the Yankees were only 3 outs away from punching their ticket to the World Series when the Red Sox would scrap their way back to take game 4 and eventually battle their way to 8 straight victories.
History allows Red Sox nation to hang onto a glimmer of hope, a minute amount of idiocracy that this team can battle their way to 3 straight victories.
"Our backs are against the wall. It’s pretty clear what lies ahead of us." Manager John Farrell said. "We have an attitude of no tomorrow."
History assumes no guarantees for the present, however. The Sox have their work cut out for them. In order to survive and punch a ticket to the next round they will have to defeat Tomlin on
Sunday, Bauer on Monday, and Kluber on Wednesday in Cleveland. Not only will they matchup against tough pitching, but Farrell and company will need to find a way to muster some quality innings out of Buchholz, Porcello, and Price. This team will live and die through their starting pitching.
Matters look bleak, but there is still hope. Right now, that's all Sox fans can hang onto.