Poll for the Boston Sports Fan


RedSox Nation – is it time to panic?


Prior to the start of the 2011 Baseball season, the majority of “experts” selected the Boston Red Sox to be the hands down favorites to win the World Series.   Now that the Red Sox have started the season 0-6, many are no doubt jumping off the bandwagon.  The real question, however, should the members of Red Sox Nation hold open those October nights, or is it time to start looking towards next year.

Based on analysis of the World Series Winners 1980 – 2010 losing their first six games has put the Red Sox in a hole, there is some light still at the end of the tunnel.  16 of the last 30 World Series Champions (47%) each had losing streaks of at least six games over the course of the season.  37% (11 of 30) had losing records after five games and 20% (6 of 30) had losing records after 10 games – most recently the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies who started off 4-6 and finished the season 92-70.

 

World Series Champion

 

LLS

5 games 10 game 40 games 81 games Season
W L W L W L W L W L
1980* Philadelphia Phillies 6.0 3 2 5 5 22 18 44 37 91 71
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 5.0 5 0 9 1 29 11 50 31 63 47
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 4.0 2 3 7 3 25 15 45 36 92 70
1983 Baltimore Orioles 7.0 3 2 6 4 23 17 45 36 98 64
1984 Detroit Tigers 4.0 5 0 9 1 35 5 56 25 104 58
1985 Kansas City Royals 5.0 1 4 4 6 22 18 41 40 91 71
1986 New York Mets 4.0 2 3 7 3 29 11 56 25 108 54
1987 Minnesota Twins 6.0 4 1 7 3 20 20 45 36 85 77
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 3.0 4 1 7 3 23 17 48 33 94 68
1989 Oakland Athletics 4.0 3 2 6 4 27 13 49 32 99 63
1990 Cincinnati Reds 8.0 5 0 9 1 29 11 51 30 91 71
1991 Minnesota Twins 7.0 2 3 2 8 19 21 46 35 95 67
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 5.0 5 0 8 2 25 15 50 31 96 66
1993 Toronto Blue Jays 6.0 3 2 6 4 21 19 48 33 95 67
1995 Atlanta Braves 5.0 4 1 7 3 23 17 52 29 90 72
1996 New York Yankees 5.0 2 3 6 4 24 16 49 32 92 70
1997 Florida Marlins[W][X] 5.0 4 1 8 2 24 16 48 33 92 70
1998 New York Yankees 4.0 1 4 6 4 31 9 61 20 114 48
1999 New York Yankees 5.0 4 1 7 3 23 17 50 31 98 64
2000 New York Yankees 7.0 3 2 7 3 24 16 44 37 87 75
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 9.0 2 3 4 6 22 18 50 31 92 70
2002 Anaheim Angels[W] 6.0 3 2 3 7 23 17 47 34 99 63
2003 Florida Marlins[W] 6.0 2 3 4 6 18 22 40 41 91 71
2004 Boston Red Sox[W] 5.0 2 3 6 4 24 16 44 37 98 64
2005 Chicago White Sox 7.0 4 1 7 3 28 12 55 26 99 63
2006 St. Louis Cardinals 8.0 3 2 5 5 25 15 44 37 83 79
2007 Boston Red Sox 4.0 2 3 6 4 28 12 50 31 96 66
2008 Philadelphia Phillies 6.0 2 3 4 6 22 18 43 38 92 70
2009 New York Yankees 5.0 3 2 5 5 23 17 48 33 103 59
2010 San Francisco Giants 7.0 4 1 7 3 22 18 41 40 92 70
Average 5.6 3 2 6 4 24 16 48 33 95 67
LLS = Longest Losing Streak during season Source: http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/
[W] = wildcard team
*= Strike Shortened Season
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