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LDS Elimination Games

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This article from MLB.com gives a lot of background on how unusual it is to have three Game Fives in one season. Lost in the information is the fact that this is the first time ever for the National League to have two Game Fives under the wild card format. And nowhere is it mentioned how long it has been since any NL Division Series went five games. That would be 2004, Astros over the Braves. The AL had the Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays LDS in 2010 that went five games. Before that, it had been 2005, Angels over the Yankees. With the Rangers-Rays rematch this year going four games, this marked the first time since 2003 and second time ever that no LDS ended in a sweep. Coming on top of the incredible events of the last day of the regular season, this could be seen as the most contested baseball season ever.

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