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In which it is argued that sweeping a series is bad

Oct 11, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

After last year’s sweep at the hand of the Giants in the World Series you knew this was coming:


I don’t know that we can really say that the long layoff was the reason the Tigers lost the World Series last year. Maybe it had something to do with it, but it’s not at all clear that a layoff is, full stop, a bad thing.

But I do question whether any player, manager or coach on the planet would actually agree that sweeping a playoff series is something that you wouldn’t wish for if you could. Indeed, I think you’d take it seven days a week and twice on Sundays. And then try something new during the layoff period than you did last time.

  1. darthicarus - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Just off a hunch I don’t see either team getting swept in this series.

  2. mattintoledo - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I know as a Tiger fan I look forward to them getting that pesky first loss out of the way.

  3. bgrillz - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Or the Giants simply were just the better, hotter team. Everything they did went right. Every move, every decision seemed to go right for the Giants.

    • Patrick - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Better? No. Hotter/Luckier? Sure.

      • albertmn - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        For that series, they were better.

  4. cohnjusack - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Let’s see:

    LCS Sweeps:
    2007 Rockies: Lost World Series
    1995 Braves: Won World Series
    1982 Cardinals: Won World Series
    1976 Reds: Won World Series
    1975 Reds: Won World Series
    1970 Reds: Lost World Series
    1969 Mets: Won World Series

    World Series Record: 5-2

    2012 Tigers: Lost World Series
    2006 Tigers: Lost World Series
    1990 A’s: Lost World Series
    1988 A’s: Lost World Series
    1984 Tigers: Won World Series
    1981 Yankees: Lost World Series
    1980 Royals: Lost World Series
    1975 Red Sox: Lost World Series
    1971 Orioles: Lost World Series
    1970 Orioles: Won World Series
    1969 Orioles: Lost World Series

    World Series Record: 2-9

    Damn, that was unexpected. Not that I think that inherently has anything to do with sweeping.

    • danaking - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      At least you looked, which is more than Nightengale did, I’ll bet.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Nightengale is Big Media, like Craig, so he has an army of assistants to look up that stuff FOR him. It was no fluke that he called it for the AL series, at least.

    • SpokaneGuy - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Interesting! The aggregate appears to be 7 – 11 (.389), but it’s slightly worse than that, since you list 1969, 1970, and 1975 as all having divisional sweeps, so of course one sweeping team would win (and lose). Take those out, and it’s 4 – 7 (.364).

      Small sample size?

      • raysfan1 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Even smaller– the best of 7 format for LCS only started in 1985.

  5. rbj1 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I bet Miggy would love a sweep, so he has some time to heal up even if it’s only a couple of days instead of months.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Dude, he’s not going to be fixed from just a couple days’ rest.

      • cur68 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Last reports I’m aware of wereThe Dreaded Oblique Strain (TDOS). He might even have The Dreaded Abdominal Hernia (TDAH) (often mistaken for TDOS). A differentiating factor twixt the two is the presence of The Dreaded Groin Pain (TDGS). Guess what Miggy’s got, too? Groin pain. My guess? He’s got TDAH. He’ll need TDAHS. I’ll be happy to be wrong.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        So, you’re rooting for us to beat Boston, right? Isn’t there some kind of socialized Canadian pills you could send him? Not that funny kind like centaurs take. No, siree. We need some Jobu pills. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


      • cur68 - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Pills? I don’t know nuffin ’bout no pills

        /looks shifty
        /drops baggie of Dried Seal Blubber Extract
        /scuttles off

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Who was that masked beaverman?

  6. gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Not to worry – MLB HATES sweeps in the playoffs. What they want are nail biter, seesaw battles going down to the wire, every game, for the full length of the series, for maximum buzz and TV revenue. And Bud Selig has the power to make sure it happens. Just look at the umpire selections.

    • clydeserra - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      IIRC, the players get shares of the gate for games 1-4 (in the WS and LCS, 1-3 in DS) and MLB and management take shares for all other games.

      So yeah, they want more games

    • raysfan1 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      You mean like that classic 7-game series between the Giants and Tigers last year?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        Your snark makes me cry. 😦

  7. SpokaneGuy - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    According to this biography of Smoky Joe Wood (and baseball-reference), in 1910 the Philadelphia A’s season ended on October 6, while the Chicago Cubs’ ended on October 15.

    So the A’s hired a group of players (Smoky Joe included) to play exhibition games against to stay sharp until the World Series began on the 17th.

  8. umrguy42 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    After several years of watching my Cards fail in the NLCS, I stopped wanting sweeps in the NLDS. Total anecdata, obviously, I’m sure the “a little adversity is good for them” thing is bs, but even so. Just seemed since, like, 2000, if they swept in the NLDS, they’d lose in the NLCS.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Stomping the Padres gave them a false sense of confidence!

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