Here is the historical precedent the Yankees face trailing the Rangers 3-1 in the ALCS: only 11 teams in major-league history have come back from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series. And just five have won the final two games on the road.
The Yankees were one of the five clubs to complete the comeback on the road. The 1958 Yanks came back from a 3-1 deficit against the Milwaukee Braves in the World Series. Of course, another team to complete the feat on the road was the 2004 Red Sox, a squad that some of these Yankees remember all too well.
There weren’t many Bombers left in the locker room after their Game 4 loss to discuss the possibility of a comeback.
The players who were around were predictably optimistic, citing the fact that the Yankees have won three straight games plenty of times in 2010. In fact, the Bombers have put together winning streaks of three or more games 13 separate times this season, including the ALDS sweep.
“It’s not something that we’re incapable of doing,” Brett Gardner said of winning three straight against Texas. “We’re just going to take things one day at a time. Come out here tomorrow and I’m sure CC (Sabathia, the Yankees Game 5 starter) is going to be his normal self and we look forward to winning the game tomorrow.”
Added Lance Berkman: “It’s not complicated. We know what we have to do. It’s going to be difficult but we know it’s something that this team can accomplish ... It sounds cliché-ish and it is but we come out here and try to win a day at a time. And try to send it back to Texas.”