The Toronto Blue Jays are down 3-1 in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and need to somehow pull off three straight wins.
The team would have to start with a win Wednesday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Toronto would have to follow that up with two more on the road.
It will be difficult, but it’s not impossible.
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And in a twist of fate, the Jays have been on the wrong end of a three-game comeback before. Thirty years ago, the Jays were up 3-1 on the Kansas City Royals when they lost three straight, including the last two at home. The Royals went on to win the World Series.
But it’s unlikely the Jays will pull off the same feat.
Four teams, including the Royals, have made a three-game comeback in the ALCS since became a best-of-seven series in 1985. Three National League teams have done the same, including the 2012 San Francisco Giants. They went on to win the World Series.
Here are the teams that have come back from a 3-1 deficit.
2012 NLCS – Giants defeated the Cardinals
2007 ALCS – Red Sox defeated the Indians
2004 ALCS – Red Sox* defeated the Yankees
2003 NLCS – Marlins* defeated the Cubs
1996 NLCS – Braves defeated the Cardinals
1986 ALCS – Red Sox defeated the Angels
1985 ALCS – Royals* defeated the Blue Jays
1985 WS – Royals defeated the Cardinals
1968 WS – Tigers* defeated the Cardinals
1958 WS – Yankees* defeated the Braves (Mil.)
1925 WS – Pirates defeated the Senators
Note: The * denotes teams that won the final two games on the road.