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All four LDS winners were outscored by the losers

Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila celebrates after New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez struck out in the ninth inning and the Tigers won Game 5 of baseball’s American League division series 3-2 on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


Incredible but true:

New York 28 - Detroit 16
Tampa Bay 21 - Texas 16

Philadelphia 21 - St. Louis 19
Arizona 25 - Milwaukee 23

Yet the latter teams won 12 games and the formers won seven.

The losing teams also outhomered the winning teams 24-18. And they committed fewer errors than the winning teams, 5-7.

So what did the winning teams do better? Obviously, they won the close ones. The winning teams were 7-1 in one-run games, with Philly having the only one-run victory among the losers.