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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

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Baseball Teams with the Most American League Championship Series (ALCS) Wins

The Kansas City Royals And Baltimore Orioles Are Looking To Reach The World Series After A Long Absence

The Kansas City Royals And Baltimore Orioles Are Looking To Reach The World Series After A Long Absence

Winning the pennant has sure gotten harder over the years. In the beginning, if your team won its league (National or American), it won the pennant and went on to the World Series. This went on until 1969, when the NL and AL were divided into East and West.

Now a series was needed – the NL or AL Championship Series (NLCS and ALCS) – to determine which division winner (East or West) earned the pennant and the right to the World Series. These series were best-of-5 until 1985 when they went to a best-of-7.

In 1995, wild cards were introduced and another round of playoffs (the LDS or League Division Series) had to be hurdled to get to the Fall Classic.

Then, in 2012, a one-game play-in between the two wild cards in both leagues was introduced.

But the good ol’ ALCS and NLCS continue to determine the pennant winners to this day.

And here are all those winners (ALCS today, NLCS tomorrow), sorted by teams with the most NL or AL titles.

Did they win the World Series that year? They did if there’s an asterisk.

  ALCS WINNER # SEASON ALCS LOSER SERIES
1. New York Yankees 11 1976 Kansas City Royals 3-2
      1977* Kansas City Royals 3-2
      1978* Kansas City Royals 3-1
      1981 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1996* Baltimore Orioles 4-1
      1998* Cleveland Indians 4-2
      1999* Boston Red Sox 4-1
      2000* Seattle Mariners 4-2
      2001 Seattle Mariners 4-1
      2003 Boston Red Sox 4-3
      2009* Los Angeles Angels 4-2
           
2. Oakland A’s 6 1972* Detroit Tigers 3-2
      1973* Baltimore Orioles 3-2
      1974* Baltimore Orioles 3-1
      1988 Boston Red Sox 4-0
      1989* Toronto Blue Jays 4-1
      1990 Boston Red Sox 4-0
           
3. Baltimore Orioles 5 1969 Minnesota Twins 3-0
      1970* Minnesota Twins 3-0
      1971 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1979 California Angels 3-1
      1983* Chicago White Sox 3-1
           
3. Boston Red Sox 5 1975 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1986 California Angels 4-3
      2004* New York Yankees 4-3
      2007* Cleveland Indians 4-3
      2013* Detroit Tigers 4-2
           
5. Detroit Tigers 3 1984* Kansas City Royals 3-0
      2006 Oakland A’s 4-0
      2012 New York Yankees 4-0
           
6. Cleveland Indians 2 1995 Seattle Mariners 4-2
      1997 Baltimore Orioles 4-2
           
6. Kansas City Royals 2 1980 New York Yankees 3-0
      1985* Toronto Blue Jays 4-3
           
6. Minnesota Twins 2 1987* Detroit Tigers 4-1
      1991* Toronto Blue Jays 4-1
           
6. Texas Rangers 2 2010 New York Yankees 4-2
      2011 Detroit Tigers 4-2
           
6. Toronto Blue Jays 2 1992* Oakland A’s 4-2
      1993* Chicago White Sox 4-2
           
11. Anaheim Angels 1 2002* Minnesota Twins 4-1
11. Chicago White Sox 1 2005* Los Angeles Angels 4-1
11. Milwaukee Brewers 1 1982 California Angels 3-2
11. Tampa Bay Rays 1 2008 Boston Red Sox 4-3
           
15. Houston Astros 0      
15. Seattle Mariners 0

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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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