ST. LOUIS -- You've no doubt heard by now that no road team has won a World Series Game 7 in 32 years.
The Cardinals won at home in 1982, the Royals did it in 1985, the Mets in 1986, the Twins in both 1987 and 1991, the Marlins in 1997, the Diamondbacks in 2001 and the Angels in 2002.
It's tough to win the decisive game on the road . . . except when it isn't.
There were three decisive Game 5's in the Division Series this month. Two of the three were won by the road team (Cardinals over Phillies, Tigers over Yankees).
The Rangers won a decisive Game 5 last year at Tampa Bay.
The Cardinals won Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series on the road.
In fact, over the last 10 years, there have been 18 decisive games in the postseason (Game 5 in the Division Series, Game 7 in the LCS or World Series), and the visiting team has won 11 of them.
After Game 5 three weeks ago at Yankee Stadium, Tigers manager Jim Leyland made the argument that it can actually be an advantage to be on the road, because there's more pressure on the home team (certainly true in the cases of the Yankees and Phillies), and because there are more distractions at home.
Oh, and about those eight straight road-team wins in Game 7 of the World Series?
Go back through eight more Game 7's, and it basically evens out. From 1965-79, the road team won seven out of eight Game 7's.