Whenever two teams are going to face off in the playoffs, the newspapers and broadcasters inexplicably offer the historical records between the teams. 

It makes no sense to me when the paper explains that, say, the Orioles are 8-4 against the White Sox in playoff series since 1912 coming into the upcoming matchups.

Is the result of a 1928 best-of-nineteen series really going to play a factor in the performance of how nine Venezuelan 20-somethings do against nine other Venezuelan 20-somethings?

“We got them beat. Our pitching’s solid, our bats are alive and we’ve got home turf.”
“Yeah, we’ll get our team’s revenge from that 1911 Honus Wagner homerun through the four wickets.”