I hate to be the Grim Reaper, even if we are still on the Halloween clock. But the Rangers face a steep uphill climb to get back in the World Series.
Of the 44 teams who have had 3-1 edges in the World Series, 38 have gone on to win the championship.
The numbers say the Rangers could send the series back to California though. The teams that have been up 3-1 are 24-19 in Game 5s. Last year Philadelphia trailed New York 3-1 and sent the Series to a Game 6. The winning pitcher for Philadelphia in that Game 5 was Cliff Lee.
The last team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series was Kansas City in 1985. Maybe Rangers executive Jim Sundberg needs to give the team a pep talk before Monday's Game 5.
Road teams who have had a 3-1 advantage in the World Series are 12-8 in Game 5.
The Giants have been up 3-1 twice in their World Series history. They are 2-0 in Game 5s in those occasions. But the last time it happened was 1933.
Sorry I don't have better news.
- Anthony Andro