Marlins among comeback kids
Throughout the playoffs, we’ve seen late-inning heroics and thrilling comeback victories.
On Monday, both games were decided by comebacks. Jimmy Rollins provided some two-out, walk-off drama in the ninth inning to rally the Phillies past the Dodgers in Game 4. Rollins lined a two-run double off Jonathan Broxton to lift his team to a 5-4 win.
Earlier in the day, the Angels overcame a three-run deficit and beat the Yankees, also 5-4, in 11 innings when Jeff Mathis came through with a walk-off double.
The Yankees certainly have had their share of clutch hits in the playoffs. In the A.L. Division Series, Alex Rodriguez had a ninth inning homer off Joe Nathan to help rally his team. And A-Rod also went deep in the ninth inning off Brian Fuentes of the Angels to pull the Yankees even in the A.L. Championship Series.
Resiliency, obviously, is a characteristic of a championship-caliber team. That’s why it isn’t shocking that the four teams in their respective League Championshp Series also are the teams that paced the Major Leagues in comeback wins during the regular season.
What many people probably don’t know is the Marlins were fifth in the big leagues in rallying to wins.
The Marlins didn’t wind up in the playoffs, but they did win 87 games. In 41 of those victories, they trailed at some point.
The top five comeback teams in 2009 were:
* Yankees, 51
* Angels, 47
* Phillies, 43
* Dodgers, 42
* Marlins, 41
The Marlins 41 comeback victories is two behind their franchise record.
Florida’s top comeback seasons are:
* 43 in 2008
* 43 in 1997
* 42 in 2007
* 41 in 2009
* 41 in 2000.
The 1997 Marlins, of course, won the World Series, and the 2008 squad finished with 84 wins.
– Joe Frisaro