The Boston Red Sox used to have one of the greatest droughts in World Series history. Yet the Red Sox technically haven’t lost a World Series game in 27 years, although they’re expected to lose at least one when they play the St. Louis Cardinals. But if Boston takes Game 1 on Oct. 23, it will extend their Fall Classic winning streak to nine games -- and recent history suggests it will go up to 12 before the series is out.
The Red Sox weren’t expected to sweep the Cardinals in 2004, or the Colorado Rockies in 2007. Yet Boston not only swept their way to those two championships, it was barely challenged in any of those eight games. For a franchise that had been cursed in October since 1918, the modern day Red Sox have looked as dominant in the World Series as the New York Yankees of old.
It helped that the 2004 Red Sox were coming off their 3-0 ALCS comeback over the Yankees, and that the 2007 Red Sox came off a 3-1 rally over the Cleveland Indians. However, the 2013 Red Sox didn’t have to win their last three or four games of their ALCS. They did use grand slams to come back in Games 2 and 6 against the Detroit Tigers, but those rallies weren’t as improbable.
Since the ALCS was different for Boston this time, perhaps the World Series will go differently as well -- either with a loss or with the need to actually play Games 5, 6 and 7. St. Louis looks formidable enough not to get blown out, but that’s how it and Colorado looked in 2004 and 2007 before the bottom fell out.
Here is a list of the eight straight World Series games Boston has won since 2004, without needing to break a sweat in most of them. Is this the year the Red Sox face real adversity in the Fall Classic again, or have they cursed the rest of baseball in late October now?