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It seems more often than not, World Series games (if not the Series themselves) are close.
Out of all those meetings (631 of them through 2013), only 18 (2.85 percent) were blowouts of 10 runs or more. In the last 30 years, we have seen only seven such games.
There hasn’t been a beating of this kind of magnitude in a good six seasons. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to hand one out, whupping the Colorado Rockies 13-1 to open the 2007 Fall Classic sweep.
Check out what happened in 1960 – it has to be one of the greatest World Series of all time. The Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by 13 in Game 2, by 10 in Game 3 and by 12 in Game 6. But the Pirates won the Series in Game 7, thanks to Bill Mazeroski‘s walk-off home run.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1936||New York Yankees||18||New York Giants||4||Game 2||14|
|2.||1960||New York Yankees||16||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||Game 2||13|
|2.||2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||15||New York Yankees||2||Game 6||13|
|4.||1951||New York Yankees||13||New York Giants||1||Game 5||12|
|4.||1960||New York Yankees||12||Pittsburgh Pirates||0||Game 6||12|
|4.||1968||Detroit Tigers||13||St. Louis Cardinals||1||Game 6||12|
|4.||1982||St. Louis Cardinals||13||Milwaukee Brewers||1||Game 6||12|
|4.||2002||San Francisco Giants||16||Anaheim Angels||4||Game 5||12|
|4.||2007||Boston Red Sox||13||Colorado Rockies||1||Game 1||12|
|10.||1911||Philadelphia Athletics||13||New York Giants||2||Game 6||11|
|10.||1934||St. Louis Cardinals||11||Detroit Tigers||0||Game 7||11|
|10.||1959||Chicago White Sox||11||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||Game 1||11|
|10.||1985||Kansas City Royals||11||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 7||11|
|10.||1996||Atlanta Braves||12||New York Yankees||1||Game 1||11|
|15.||1960||New York Yankees||10||Pittsburgh Pirates||0||Game 3||10|
|15.||1978||New York Yankees||12||Los Angeles Dodgers||2||Game 5||10|
|15.||1982||Milwaukee Brewers||10||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 1||10|
There are two answers: a very, very short one and a slightly longer, technical one.
Since the first playoff rounds were introduced in 1969 (NLCS and ALCS), only one team ever has gone perfectly through the postseason: the 1976 Cincinnati Reds swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS and then swept the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Before that, any sweep in the World Series would have to be considered an undefeated postseason. That happened 12 times before 1969. So the longer answer? Thirteen teams in total have had perfect records in the postseason.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1907||Chicago Cubs||4-0||World Series||Detroit Tigers|
|2.||1914||Boston Braves||4-0||World Series||Philadelphia Athletics|
|3.||1922||New York Giants||4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
|4.||1927||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|5.||1928||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||St. Louis Cardinals|
|6.||1932||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Chicago Cubs|
|7.||1938||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Chicago Cubs|
|8.||1939||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Cincinnati Reds|
|9.||1950||New York Yankees||4-0||World Series||Philadelphia Phillies|
|10.||1954||New York Giants||4-0||World Series||Cleveland Indians|
|11.||1963||Los Angeles Dodgers||4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
|12.||1966||Baltimore Orioles||4-0||World Series||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|4-0||World Series||New York Yankees|
The NLCS sports similar stats.
But two NL games in particular are off the charts – and they both happened in the same (fated) season – 1996.
The Braves followed that up in what would be the biggest blowout in NLCS history – a 14-0 annihilation in Game 5. They won Game 6, too, and finished it all off with an even bigger win: 15-0 in Game 7.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1996||Atlanta Braves||15||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 7||15|
|2.||1996||Atlanta Braves||14||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 5||14|
|3.||1984||Chicago Cubs||13||San Diego Padres||0||Game 1||13|
|4.||1974||Los Angeles Dodgers||12||Pittsburgh Pirates||1||Game 4||11|
|4.||1993||Atlanta Braves||14||Philadelphia Phillies||3||Game 2||11|
|4.||2009||Philadelphia Phillies||11||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||Game 3||11|
|7.||1985||St. Louis Cardinals||12||Los Angeles Dodgers||2||Game 4||10|
|8.||1992||Pittsburgh Pirates||13||Atlanta Braves||4||Game 6||9|
|8.||2003||Chicago Cubs||12||Florida Marlins||3||Game 2||9|
|8.||2011||St. Louis Cardinals||12||Milwaukee Brewers||3||Game 2||9|
|8.||2012||San Franciscso Giants||9||St. Louis Cardinals||0||Game 7||9|
|8.||2013||St. Louis Cardinals||9||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||Game 6||9|