Monday, October 15, 2007

The Colorado Rockies have just swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series, four games to none. Building upon a sweep of Philadelphia in the opening round (which has a three-out-of-five format), Colorado is 7-0 in the post-season and, factoring in the close of the regular season, has won an amazing 21 of its last 22 games.

Since the advent of the three-round/wild-card play-off system in 1995, the most dominant post-season performance by a World Series champion is shared by the 2005 Chicago White Sox and 1999 New York Yankees, each with an 11-1 record. The Rockies will thus seek to become the first team to go 11-0.

The baseball media naturally have been abuzz with Rocky talk, including comparisons to other hot teams down the stretch in baseball history. Another team I heard about tonight was the 1977 edition of the Kansas City Royals. From August 31 to both games of a September 25 double-header, inclusive, the Royals won 24 out of 25. Ultimately, however, Kansas City lost a heartbreaking American League Championship Series to the Yankees.

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