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MLB: The 10 Biggest Wins in NLCS History (Run Differential)

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, we checked out the most lopsided wins in ALCS history. Thirteen teams won their games by nine runs or more.

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 1995 reigning champion Atlanta Braves won Game 1 of the 1996 NLCS, then lost the next three games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

Atlanta would lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series, ushering in that team’s latest dynasty and the beginning of what could be called the Derek Jeter era.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
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

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MLB: The 10 Biggest Wins in ALCS History (Run Differential)

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

Everybody’s so in tune with the “blowout” lately, thanks to some high-scoring routs and shutouts in the NFL this season. Check out yesterday’s post for a bunch of links to football smackdowns.

But today, let’s switch to baseball and the American League Championship Series. How about blowouts there?

Thirteen times has a team won an ALCS game by at least nine runs, headed by a whomping involving the two greatest rivals in the game’s history.

In 1999, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in Game 3 by 12 runs, 13-1. The Yankees got the last laugh, though, taking the series in five and then sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

Two other times has a team won by 11.

In 2001, the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees 14-3, also in Game 3. Again the Yankees took the series in five, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series, 4-3.

But we haven’t gotten to the crazy stuff yet – and that’s the next item on today’s list. In 2004, the Yankees went up on the Red Sox three games to none with an epic 19-8 Game 3 spanking.

We all know what happened after that. History.

WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME RUN DIFF.
1. Boston Red Sox 13 New York Yankees 1 1999 Game 3 12
2. Seattle Mariners 14 New York Yankees 3 2001 Game 3 11
2. New York Yankees 19 Boston Red Sox 8 2004 Game 3 11
4. New York Yankees 13 Oakland A’s 3 1981 Game 2 10
4. Baltimore Orioles 11 Chicago White Sox 1 1983 Game 3 10
4. Boston Red Sox 12 Cleveland Indians 2 2007 Game 6 10
4. Texas Rangers 15 Detroit Tigers 5 2011 Game 6 10
8. Baltimore Orioles 11 Minnesota Twins 2 1969 Game 3 9
8. New York Yankees 12 Seattle Mariners 3 2001 Game 5 9
8. Boston Red Sox 11 Cleveland Indians 2 2007 Game 7 9
8. Tampa Bay Rays 13 Boston Red Sox 4 2008 Game 4 9
8. New York Yankees 10 Los Angeles Angels 1 2009 Game 4 9

Photo: selinker.livejournal.com

MLB: The Best Designated Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2

David Ortiz Has More Edgar Martinez Awards Than Edgar Martinez

David Ortiz Has More Edgar Martinez Awards Than Edgar Martinez

After over 100 years of professional baseball, and 72 years after the unification of the National and American Leagues into the Major Leagues we know today, an extra “position” was added to a baseball team in 1973 – the Designated Hitter.

For the first time, at least in the American League, a pitcher would no longer bat (at the team’s discretion. The pitcher is still allowed to bat). The DH would take his place at the plate.

Each year since, either the Associated Press (1973-1999) or the Baseball  Writers Association of America (2000-present) has given the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award to the best DH that season. It was renamed (perhaps prematurely) to the Edgar Martinez Award.

Martinez won it five times, but David Ortiz sits at the top with seven honors.

OUTSTANDING DESIGNATED HITTER AWARD WINNER TEAM(S) SEASON(S)
1. David Ortiz 7 Boston Red Sox 2003-2007, 2011, 2013
2. Edgar Martinez 5 Seattle Mariners 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
3. Hal McRae 3 Kansas City Royals 1976, 1980, 1982
4. Dave Parker 2 Milwaukee Brewers 1990
Oakland A’s 1989
4. Don Baylor 2 Boston Red Sox 1986
New York Yankees 1985
4. Greg Luzinski 2 Chicago White Sox 1981, 1983
4. Harold Baines 2 Chicago White Sox 1987, 1988
4. Paul Molitor 2 Minnesota Twins 1996
Toronto Blue Jays 1993
4. Willie Horton 2 Seattle Mariners 1979
Detroit Tigers 1975
10. Adam Lind 1 Toronto Blue Jays 2009
10. Aubrey Huff 1 Baltimore Orioles 2008
10. Billy Butler 1 Kansas City Royals 2012
10. Chili Davis 1 Minnesota Twins 1991
10. Dave Kingman 1 Oakland A’s 1984
10. Dave Winfield 1 Toronto Blue Jays 1992
10. Ellis Burks 1 Cleveland Indians 2002
10. Jim Rice 1 Boston Red Sox 1977
10. Orlando Cepeda 1 Boston Red Sox 1973
10. Rafael Palmeiro 1 Texas Rangers 1999
10. Rusty Staub 1 Detroit Tigers 1978
10. Tommy Davis 1 Baltimore Orioles 1974
10. Vladimir Guerrero 1 Texas Rangers 2010

Photo: atlantablackstar.com

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