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The Dodgers 7-2 win vs. Chicago could be a bad sign for the Cubs. Of course it hurts to lose Game 1 of any series, but the Cubs have lost ten consecutive postseason series during which they lost the first game. That streak began against the cross-town White Sox during the 1906 World Series, and it is, of course, the longest such streak in postseason history.

The Red Sox 4-2 win vs. LA was Boston's highly publicized tenth straight postseason victory over the Angels. The only other team to lose ten straight postseason games against the same opponent was, well, Boston, which lost ten in a row to Oakland from 1988-2003.

Surely one of these streaks will come to an end this postseason, right?

Major League Baseball: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports, with a foreword by The Baseball Collector Zack Hample, is the latest title from Sports by the Numbers.

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