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NLDS Game 1 tidbits

NLDS Game 1 tidbits

• Being up 1-0 in the National League Division Series is great news for the Dodgers and Phillies, given the 23-3 record posted by teams winning Game 1 in the Wild Card era. It's even better news for the Dodgers, since only the 1999 Braves lost Game 1 at home and rebounded to win the NLDS.

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• The Cubs' 0-1 deficit may not look quite as daunting in light of the record of the manager they're facing - Joe Torre. Winning Game 1 has not historically been good news for Torre since the Yankees won their last World Series title in 2000. Three times in the past six postseasons, Torre's Yankees won Game 1 of a Division Series but went on to lose. And you have to go all the way back to the 1999 sweep of the Rangers to find a Division Series in which Torre won Game 1 and went on to win the series.

• Teams that have won Game 1 of an NLDS on the road have a record of 12-1 in the NLDS. Teams that have won Game 1 of an NLDS at home are 11-2 all time.

• Game 2 of the Cubs-Dodgers NLDS is huge for the North Siders and starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, because teams down 0-2 in an NLDS have lost all 16 series.

• James Loney's grand slam in the fifth inning of NLDS Game 1 was the Dodgers' first in postseason play since Dusty Baker on Oct. 5, 1977.

• Loney's four RBIs in Game 1 of the NLDS equal a Dodgers' NLDS single-game record, tying Eric Karros on Oct. 4, 1995.

• Loney tied Karros and Steve Garvey (1981) for most RBIs by a Dodgers player in an NLDS. He now holds the team record with seven career NLDS RBIs.

• The Dodgers win in Game 1 gave them the all-time head-to-head series lead over the Cubs 1,013-1,012.

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