ALDS trends don't favor the Yankees

October, 9, 2012
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Losing Game 2 to even an ALDS at 1-1 has not been a good omen for the Yankees lately.

Since 2002, the Yankees have lost each ALDS series in which they've gone up 1-0 and fallen in Game 2. In all of those series, they also lost Game 3.

As you know, the Yankees went ahead 1-0 against Baltimore only to fall in Game 2 as the bats went silent. It will now be up to Hiroki Kuroda to try and reverse the trend.

Here's a look at how those four series played out.

2011 ALDS (3-2 series loss to Tigers): The Yankees took a 1-0 lead behind Robinson Cano's bat, but they could not hit Max Scherzer in Game 2. Detroit took Game 3 and the Yankees forced a Game 5 at Yankee Stadium, but Ivan Nova gave up back-to-back homers in the first and the Yankees lost the series.

2006 ALDS (3-1 series loss to Tigers): The Yankees got off to a rousing start with an 8-4 win in Game 1, but Mike Mussina couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and the Yankees fell. The Yankees were shut out in Game 3 and Jaret Wright was rocked in Game 4 as the Yankees lost to the eventual World Series runner-up.

2005 ALDS (3-2 series loss to Angels): Yankees took Game 1 on the road but fell in Game 2 while making three errors. The Angels won Game 3 in a wild affair and the Yankees once again forced an elimination game. Despite Bartolo Colon lasting just one inning in Game 5, the Yankees couldn't muster enough offense and lost 5-3.

2002 ALDS (3-1 series loss to Angels): Yankees got off to a quick start by grabbing Game 1 but Orlando Hernandez faltered in Game 2. The Yankees blew a 6-1 lead in Game 3 and the Angels finished the job in Game 4 by putting up an eight-spot in the fifth inning.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146