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MLB: The Importance of Winning Game One

Posted by Andrew McKillop on September 29, 2011

Post Highlights

  • A little over 73% of MLB teams that have won a Game 1 in a Divisional Playoff Series, went on to win the series.
  • Since 1995, every team (100%) that has won a Game 1 in the World Series at home, has gone on to win the series.

 

Going back to 1995, a little over 72% of all MLB teams that have won Game 1 in a playoff series went on to win the series.  Listed below is a quick analysis I did on the topic.  I found all the teams that won a Game 1 in playoff series since 1995, and found out how many times they won the series.  The percentages and different situations are all listed below.

Winning Game 1 and Winning the Series Since 1995

Won the Series
Won Game 1 of a Playoff Series
Won the Series 72.3%
   with the Better Regular Season Record 78.9%
   with the Worse Regular Season Record 65.5%
   Won Game 1 at Home 74.6%
   Won Game 1 on the Road 69.8%
Won the Series
Won Game 1 of a Division Series
Won the Series 73.4%
   with the Better Regular Season Record 84.8%
   with the Worse Regular Season Record 61.3%
   Won Game 1 at Home 73.5%
   Won Game 1 on the Road 73.3%
Won the Series
Won Game 1 of a League Championship Series
Won the Series 65.6%
   with the Better Regular Season Record 70.6%
   with the Worse Regular Season Record 60.0%
   Won Game 1 at Home 62.5%
   Won Game 1 on the Road 68.8%
Won the Series
Won Game 1 of a World Series
Won the Series 81.3%
   with the Better Regular Season Record 71.4%
   with the Worse Regular Season Record 88.9%
   Won Game 1 at Home 100.0%
   Won Game 1 on the Road 57.1%

 

Reference: Baseball-Reference.com

 

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