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History against Angels in 2-0 hole

History against Angels in 2-0 hole

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ANAHEIM -- If history is any indication, the Angels are in trouble after digging themselves into a 2-0 hole against the Red Sox with both losses coming at home. Only one team -- the 2001 Yankees against the A's -- came back from a 2-0 deficit after losing twice at home in Division Series play.

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In all, 15 teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series and 11 of them won the series. And of the 11 teams to win the series, eight of them won Game 3 to sweep their opponents, while the other three won the series in four games. And in the National League, all 16 teams that started 2-0 went on to win the series.

ALDS 2-0 leads
Year
Up 2-0
Winner
Loser
Result
'07
Red Sox
Red Sox
Angels
3-0
'07
Indians
Indians
Yankees
3-1
'06
A's
A's
Twins
3-0
'05
White Sox
White Sox
Red Sox
3-0
'04
Red Sox
Red Sox
Angels
3-0
'03
A's
Red Sox
A's
3-2
'01
A's
Yankees
A's
3-2
'00
Mariners
Mariners
White Sox
3-0
'99
Yankees
Yankees
Rangers
3-0
'99
Indians
Red Sox
Indians
3-2
'98
Yankees
Yankees
Rangers
3-0
'97
Orioles
Orioles
Mariners
3-1
'96
Orioles
Orioles
Indians
3-1
'95
Indians
Indians
Red Sox
3-0
'95
Yankees
Mariners
Yankees
3-2
The Red Sox are the only team to come back from a 2-0 deficit multiple times, as they did it against the Indians in 1999 and then did it against the A's in 2003. The 1995 Mariners are the other team to do it, as they overcame a 2-0 deficit against the Yankees.

The Angels have fallen behind 2-0 twice against the Red Sox -- in 2007 and '04 -- and both times they were swept in three games. It's also the only two times the Red Sox had a 2-0 lead in the Division Series.

But the Angels aren't the only team that is in a 2-0 hole this postseason, as all four Division Series feature a team with a 2-0 lead. It's not the first time, though, as it also happened in 1995 and 2007.

Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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