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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 20 Best Teams that Lost the World Series

The 1906 Chicago Cubs: Best Team To Lose The World Series

The 1906 Chicago Cubs: Best Team To Lose The World Series

Well, not really 20. Let’s go just a little further: A total of 29 teams won 100 games or more during the regular season – and after all that – made it to the World Series, only to lose.

And again, oh those Chicago Cubs top the list. Yesterday, we saw they already have the longest World Series title drought of any team – an unimaginable 106 years. The Cubs last won it all in 1908.

A day before, we learned the 1945 Cubs lost the Series to one of the weakest winners ever.

And now, something else. A couple years before their last title, they became – and still are – the very best team that ever lost the World Series. The 1906 Cubs won 116 games that season and finished with a .763 percentage, but lost the Series four games to two.

It gets worse.

They lost to the Chicago White Sox.

Below find sorted by both wins and win-lost percentage perhaps the biggest letdowns in the game’s history. Domination followed by humiliation.

But wait.

Of the 29, four – marked with asterisks – were not upsets (and one of those just barely – 1941 – Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees, of course).

One more thing. Lookee there. The 1985 Kansas City Royals.

Ah, one more thing…

The New York Yankees beat a 100-game winning team five times, most of all.

BY WINS

SEASON WORLD SERIES LOSER W L W-L PCT WORLD SERIES WINNER, RECORD
1. 1906 Chicago Cubs 116 36 .763 Chicago White Sox, 93-58
2. 1954 Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 New York Giants, 97-57
3. 1969 Baltimore Orioles 109 53 .673 New York Mets, 100-62
4. 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 .648 Boston Red Sox, 98-64
4. 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 99-52
4. 1943 St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 98-56
7. 1988 Oakland A’s 104 58 .642 Los Angeles Dodgers, 94-67
7. 1963 New York Yankees 104 57 .646 Los Angeles Dodgers, 99-63
7. 1946 Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 St. Louis Cardinals, 98-58
7. 1910 Chicago Cubs 104 50 .675 Philadelphia Athletics, 102-48
11. 1999 Atlanta Braves 103 59 .636 New York Yankees, 98-64
11. 1990 Oakland A’s 103 59 .636 Cincinnati Reds, 91-71
11. 1962 San Francisco Giants 103 62 .624 New York Yankees, 96-66
11. 1942* New York Yankees* 103 51 .669 St. Louis Cardinals, 106-48*
11. 1912* New York Giants* 103 48 .682 Boston Red Sox, 105-47*
16. 1979 Baltimore Orioles 102 57 .642 Pittsburgh Pirates, 98-64
16. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 .630 Oakland A’s, 90-72
16. 1970* Cincinnati Reds* 102 60 .630 Baltimore Orioles, 108-54*
16. 1965 Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 Los Angeles Dodgers, 97-65
20. 2003 New York Yankees 101 61 .623 Florida Marlins, 91-71
20. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 Kansas City Royals, 91-71
20. 1971 Baltimore Orioles 101 57 .639 Pittsburgh Pirates, 97-65
20. 1934 Detroit Tigers 101 53 .656 St. Louis Cardinals, 95-58
20. 1931 Philadelphia Athletics 101 45 .692 St. Louis Cardinals, 101-53
20. 1913 New York Giants 101 51 .664 Philadelphia Athletics, 96-57
26. 1995 Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 Atlanta Braves, 90-54
26. 1941* Brooklyn Dodgers* 100 54 .649 New York Yankees, 101-53*
26. 1935 Chicago Cubs 100 54 .649 Detroit Tigers, 93-58

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BY W-L PERCENTAGE (MINIMUM 100 WINS)

SEASON WORLD SERIES LOSER W L W-L PCT WORLD SERIES WINNER, RECORD
1. 1906 Chicago Cubs 116 36 .763 Chicago White Sox, 93-58
2. 1954 Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 New York Giants, 97-57
3. 1995 Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 Atlanta Braves, 90-54
4. 1931 Philadelphia Athletics 101 45 .692 St. Louis Cardinals, 101-53
5. 1912 New York Giants 103 48 .682 Boston Red Sox, 105-47*
5. 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 99-52
5. 1943 St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 98-56
8. 1946 Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 St. Louis Cardinals, 98-58
8. 1910 Chicago Cubs 104 50 .675 Philadelphia Athletics, 102-48
10. 1969 Baltimore Orioles 109 53 .673 New York Mets, 100-62
11. 1942 New York Yankees 103 51 .669 St. Louis Cardinals, 106-48*
12. 1913 New York Giants 101 51 .664 Philadelphia Athletics, 96-57
13. 1934 Detroit Tigers 101 53 .656 St. Louis Cardinals, 95-58
14. 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers 100 54 .649 New York Yankees, 101-53*
14. 1935 Chicago Cubs 100 54 .649 Detroit Tigers, 93-58
16. 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 .648 Boston Red Sox, 98-64
17. 1963 New York Yankees 104 57 .646 Los Angeles Dodgers, 99-63
18. 1988 Oakland A’s 104 58 .642 Los Angeles Dodgers, 94-67
18. 1979 Baltimore Orioles 102 57 .642 Pittsburgh Pirates, 98-64
20. 1971 Baltimore Orioles 101 57 .639 Pittsburgh Pirates, 97-65
21. 1999 Atlanta Braves 103 59 .636 New York Yankees, 98-64
21. 1990 Oakland A’s 103 59 .636 Cincinnati Reds, 91-71
23. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 .630 Oakland A’s, 90-72
23. 1970 Cincinnati Reds 102 60 .630 Baltimore Orioles, 108-54*
23. 1965 Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 Los Angeles Dodgers, 97-65
26. 1962 San Francisco Giants 103 62 .624 New York Yankees, 96-66
27. 2003 New York Yankees 101 61 .623 Florida Marlins, 91-71
27. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 Kansas City Royals, 91-71

Thanks to baseball-reference.com. Have you not checked it out? Like, everything about the postseason, here.

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