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|
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.
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.Follow @VinGetz
|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|