So Much for Home Field AdvantageDusty Baker and his Cincinnati Reds must be scratching their heads this evening in disbelief. After winning the first two games of the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the San Francisco Giants on the west coast, the Reds returned to the Queen City needing a lone victory to sweep the Giants and advance to the National League Championship Series (NLCS). This evening, the National League Central Division Champions find themselves cleaning out their lockers and scattering to their offseason homes.
This season, Major League Baseball adopted a new 2-3 format for the best-of-five league division series. Teams with better regular season records were forced to play the two opening games on the road, then the final three would be in their home turf. During the NLDS between the Reds and Giants, the home team failed to win a single game. The Reds won Games 1 and 2 in San Francisco, 5-2 and 9-0 respectively. The Giants returned the favor along the Ohio River and won Games 3 through 5 (2-1, 8-3 and 6-4 respectively).
Despite the Reds getting bounced quickly from the playoffs, I assume we'll still be seeing Bronson Arroyo's "Reds Hooded Sweatshirt" commercial for the duration of the postseason.