Destiny's child? So far it's the Giants
Fate squarely on SF's side so far in Series against Rangers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Think, for a moment, of that ball striking the top of the center-field wall at AT&T Park.Think about where it was in that instant, where it could have headed and what it could have meant to Game 2 of the World Series between the Giants and the Rangers. You remember the ball, right? It was struck by Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the top of the fifth of what was, at that time, a scoreless game. It traveled roughly 420 feet, hit the top of the wall and then ... Well, it met its date with destiny.
TWO MUCH?A look at how teams taking a 2-0 World Series lead have fared.
World Series facts and figures
- Fifty-two teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic, with 40 of the previous 51 going on to win the World Series.
- Starting in 1985, 17 of the last 25 Fall Classics, including this year's, have headed to Game 3 with one team on top, 2-0.
- Thirteen of the 16 clubs that led, 2-0, won the Series. The 1996 Braves, '86 Red Sox and '85 Cardinals led, 2-0, but lost the Series.
- The home team has taken a 2-0 lead 35 times (including these Giants) and has won 28 of those previous 34 Series.
- Since the 1981 Yankees went up 2-0 at home but lost the Series, the last 11 home teams that took a 2-0 lead went on to win.