Florida facing difficult challenge

In order to force a Game 7, the Marlins must best Mark Prior, the best pitcher to come into baseball in two decades.

Updated: October 14, 2003, 8:48 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Let's face it: what lies ahead for the Marlins appears to be a daunting task. In order to force a Game 7, they must best Mark Prior, perhaps the best pitcher to come into baseball since Roger Clemens showed up in 1984. Is there any precedent for teams being in a similar predicament and somehow overcoming the odds to triumph?

Let's take a look at just a few of the precedents that involved teams in similar dire straits:

1924 World Series, Game 6
Art Nehf of the Giants pitched well but it wasn't good enough as New York lost Game Six to the Senators, 2-1 and then lost the next game and the Series 4-3. By this time in his career, Nehf was about league average, but he had been a top drawer guy in his day. Interestingly, he always pitched better in the World Series than he did in the regular season.

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