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Yeah, Game 3 Is Pretty Important

Oct 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

David Hale crunches the numbers: In the past 10 years, there have been 32 postseason series that began with a split. The team that won Game 3 is 27-5 (.844) during that stretch.

It’s safe to say that tonight’s game 3 in St. Louis is a contest the Phillies would very much like to win. Phillies beat writer David Hale crunches the numbers on game 3s after splits in the first two games:

In the past 10 years, there have been 32 postseason series that began
with a split. The team that won Game 3 is 27-5 (.844) during that
stretch.

From 2003 through 2010, there have been 10 splits in the first two games
of a five-game division series. The team that won Game 3 is 10-0 in
those series.