The teams to distinguish themselves with comeback heroics are:
• 1982 Milwaukee Brewers fell behind the California Angels by losing the first two games of the best-of-five series before capturing three straight victories.
• 1984 San Diego Padres lost the first two games of the NLCS at Wrigley Field to the Chicago Cubs before sweeping them on their return home for the final three contests in San Diego.
• 1985 St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games despite falling behind two-games-to-none in the first year the LCS was a seven game series.
• 1985 Kansas City Royals overcame a two-games-to-none and a three-games-to-one shortfall to the Toronto Blue Jays to win the A.L. pennant.
• 2004 Boston Red Sox may have put together the greatest comeback in MLB postseason history when the “idiots” swept the New York Yankees in four straight games after losing the first three games of the ALCS.
So there is hope for the Blue Jays and Cubs and both franchises have been on the short end of the five mentioned comebacks. The odds become greater for both clubs to turn their fate around since only once in history have two teams won the pennant after losing the first two games of the LCS in the same year. That was accomplished in 1985 when the Cardinals and Royals battled to a pennant victory before clashing in one of the more exciting World Series in recent history.
Both Toronto and Chicago have the ability to make dramatic comebacks with their offensive firepower, and the fact that both teams play three games on their home turf. It won’t be easy and it is not impossible, but as Joe Maddon likes to preach to his Cubs, play one game at a time and put together some one-game winning streaks.
Winning the pennant after trailing two games to none has proven to be a colossal task through the last 46 years, but for the Cubs and Blue Jays, there is hope.