Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and the Longest World Series Games of All Time (Number of Innings)
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you saw (or certainly heard about by now) one of the three longest games in all of World Series history. In 111 World Series and 639 World Series games, including 2015’s Game 1, only three times have we gone into the 14th inning.
The Kansas City Royals were the winners this time around, preceded by two other American League victors. It was the Chicago White Sox in 2005 – then, almost 100 years before that (89 to be exact) – it was the Boston Red Sox.
So, uh, these kind of things don’t happen that often.
Both Sox went on to win their respective World Series. Uh, oh, New York Mets’ fans.
But hold on…let’s dig a little deeper.
|SEASON||GAME||WINNER||LOSER||INNINGS||WINNER WON WS?|
|1.||2015||1||KANSAS CITY ROYALS||5||New York Mets||4||14||TBD|
|1.||2005||3||Chicago White Sox||7||HOUSTON ASTROS||5||14||YES|
|1.||1916||2||BOSTON RED SOX||2||Brooklyn Robins||1||14||YES|
|4.||2003||4||FLORIDA MARLINS||4||New York Yankees||3||12||YES|
|4.||2001||5||NEW YORK YANKEES||3||Arizona Diamondbacks||2||12||NO|
|4.||2000||1||NEW YORK YANKEES||4||New York Mets||3||12||YES|
|4.||1991||3||ATLANTA BRAVES||5||Minnesota Twins||4||12||NO|
|4.||1977||1||NEW YORK YANKEES||4||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||12||YES|
|4.||1975||6||BOSTON RED SOX||7||Cincinnati Reds||6||12||NO|
|4.||1973||2||New York Mets||10||OAKLAND A’S||7||12||NO|
|4.||1945||6||CHICAGO CUBS||8||Detroit Tigers||7||12||NO|
|4.||1934||2||DETROIT TIGERS||3||St. Louis Cardinals||2||12||NO|
|4.||1924||7||WASHINGTON SENATORS||4||New York Giants||3||12||YES|
|4.||1924||1||New York Giants||4||WASHINGTON SENATORS||3||12||NO|
|4.||1914||3||BOSTON BRAVES||5||Philadelphia A’s||4||12||YES|
|4.||1907||1||CHICAGO CUBS||3||Detroit Tigers||3||12||TIE|
Two dominating pitching performances wrapped up both 2015 Wild Card games in tight little bows, setting the tone for a postseason which will be primarily about the men on the mound.
American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel tossed six innings of three-hit ball in the Houston Astros‘ 3-0 shutout over the New York Yankees, while National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta suffocated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 11K’s over nine, putting the ‘Stros and Cubbies into Round 2 (the Division Series).
Houston now has 19-game winner Collin McHugh set for Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals (who have the weakest staff of the remaining playoff teams). Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have another two pitchers with under-4.00 ERAs (Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks) prepped as they get ready for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards have five starters with double-digit wins – all of whom have ERAs of 3.38 or less!
But, the pitching match up of the early postseason is unquestionably that of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ staff against the New York Mets‘. The Dodgers will have the two best hurlers in all of baseball today – Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke – pittted against the Mets’ young-gun trifecta of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.
Buckle up for some nail-biters.
Let’s take a look at today’s list, then.
The one-game Wild Card Round has been around for four years now – and checking out the results, one thing stands out immediately. Home-field advantage doesn’t exist. Six of the eight games so far have been won by the away team.
No team has yet to win more than one Wild Card game and only one team has even appeared in more than one. The Pirates have made the NL’s WCG as the home team the past three seasons. Hey Bucs, it’s time to win the division.
One more very notable note: You think the Wild Card teams have no shot at winning the World Series? Not true. Just remember 2014, when both WC winners made it to the Fall Classic, and the San Francisco Giants won it all in seven.Follow @VinGetz
|2015||Houston Astros||3||NEW YORK YANKEES||0||TBD|
|2014||KANSAS CITY ROYALS||9||Oakland A’s||8||12 inn.||Lost World Series 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
|2013||Tampa Bay Rays||4||CLEVELAND INDIANS||0||Lost ALDS 3-1 (Boston Red Sox)|
|2012||Baltimore Orioles||5||TEXAS RANGERS||1||Lost ALDS 3-2 (New York Yankees)|
|2015||Chicago Cubs||4||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||TBD|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||8||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||Won World Series 4-3 (Kansas City Royals)|
|2013||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||6||Cincinnati Reds||2||Lost NLDS 3-2 (St. Louis Cardinals)|
|2012||St. Louis Cardinals||6||ATLANTA BRAVES||3||Lost NLCS 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
Well, 21 times a team in such a position, including the 1985 Royals, has come back to win it all. Of those 21 teams, 12, again including the ’85 Royals, had home field advantage. In other words, they won the last two games at home (and KC also won the last game in St. Louis – they actually were down 3-1).
And in other words, it ain’t over till it’s over.
One more note: We know the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals have the most World Series titles – the Yanks far ahead – so naturally they are both well represented below with 12 of the 21 comebacks involving either or both teams.
But here is one area where the Cardinals excel over the Yankees. The Cards have come back from down three games to two an amazing five times (to the Yankees two).
In other words, five of the Cardinals 12 championships (41.6 percent) were born of this scenario. That’s one turnaround away from half. Wow.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1903||Boston Americans*||Pittsburgh Pirates||5-3|
|2.||1921||New York Giants*||New York Yankees||5-3|
|3.||1924||Washington Senators*||New York Giants||4-3|
|4.||1925||Pittsburgh Pirates*||Washington Senators||4-3|
|5.||1926||St. Louis Cardinals||New York Yankees*||4-3|
|6.||1934||St. Louis Cardinals||Detroit Tigers*||4-3|
|7.||1940||Cincinnati Reds*||Detroit Tigers||4-3|
|8.||1946||St. Louis Cardinals*||Boston Red Sox||4-3|
|9.||1952||New York Yankees||Brooklyn Dodgers*||4-3|
|10.||1958||New York Yankees||Milwaukee Braves*||4-3|
|11.||1968||Detroit Tigers||St. Louis Cardinals*||4-3|
|12.||1973||Oakland A’s*||New York Mets||4-3|
|13.||1979||Pittsburgh Pirates||Baltimore Orioles*||4-3|
|14.||1982||St. Louis Cardinals*||Milwaukee Brewers||4-3|
|15.||1985||Kansas City Royals*||St. Louis Cardinals||4-3|
|16.||1986||New York Mets*||Boston Red Sox||4-3|
|17.||1987||Minnesota Twins*||St. Louis Cardinals||4-3|
|18.||1991||Minnesota Twins*||Atlanta Braves||4-3|
|19.||2001||Arizona Diamondbacks*||New York Yankees||4-3|
|20.||2002||Anaheim Angels*||San Francisco Giants||4-3|
|21.||2011||St. Louis Cardinals*||Texas Rangers||4-3|
* Home field advantage