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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

MLB: Pitchers with Shutouts in the National League Championship Series (NLCS)

No pitcher in baseball history (or at least since 1969 when the playoffs first expanded) has thrown more than one complete game shutout win in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?

But it’s true. Fifteen different pitchers have tossed NLCS shutouts, the last 12 years ago (another hard fact to believe). All 15 are listed below, including that last guy, the Florida Marlins’ Josh Beckett back in 2003.

Are we ready for possibly a Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard or Jake Arrieta blank, then? Dare we ponder, “Will there be more than one shutout in just this series alone?”

It’s happened once before. In 1987, both Dave Dravecky (for the NLCS-losing San Francisco Giants) and Danny Cox (for the World Series-losing St. Louis Cardinals) threw one apiece.

It could be that kind of series in 2015.

The first guy to throw one, in fact, was a New York Met – Jon Matlack in 1973.

And what does history foretell about a team’s fortunes with a shutout under the belt, anyway?

Well, most of the time, they take the series (11 of 15).

PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT SEASON IP TEAM WON NLCS?
1. Jon Matlack New York Mets Cincinnati Reds 1973 9 Y
2. Don Sutton Los Angeles Dodgers Pittsburgh Pirates 1974 9 Y
3. Tommy John Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies 1978 9 Y
4. Ray Burris Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers 1981 9 N
5. Bob Forsch St. Louis Cardinals Atlanta Braves 1982 9 Y
6. Mike Scott Houston Astros New York Mets 1986 9 N
7. Dave Dravecky San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals 1987 9 N
8. Danny Cox St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants 1987 9 Y
9. Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets 1988 9 Y
10. John Smoltz Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates 1991 9 Y
11. Denny Neagle Atlanta Braves Florida Marlins 1997 9 N
12. Kevin Brown San Diego Padres Atlanta Braves 1998 9 Y
13. Mike Hampton New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals 2000 9 Y
14. Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves 2001 9 Y
15. Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Chicago Cubs 2003 9 Y

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MLB: The Highest (and Lowest) Paid Pitching Staffs in Baseball

TEAM 2015 PITCHING PAYROLL 2014 RANK 2014 PITCHING PAYROLL 2015 CHANGE
1. (UP 3) Detroit Tigers $81,057,041 4 $64,276,161 $16,780,880
2. (DN 1) Los Angeles Dodgers $79,612,464 1 $79,579,761 $32,703
3. San Francisco Giants $77,279,944 3 $67,058,638 $10,221,306
4. (UP 8) New York Yankees $70,106,890 12 $40,551,316 $29,555,574
5. Washington Nationals $67,531,997 5 $58,176,100 $9,355,897
6. (UP 13) Boston Red Sox $54,541,721 19 $28,389,617 $26,152,104
7. (UP 11) Chicago White Sox $53,338,873 18 $30,973,949 $22,364,924
8. (UP 16) Chicago Cubs $52,539,953 24 $22,903,083 $29,636,870
9. (UP 12) San Diego Padres $52,376,209 21 $27,080,600 $25,295,609
10. (UP 5) Baltimore Orioles $49,815,661 15 $34,675,408 $15,140,253
11. (DN 2) Seattle Mariners $49,162,924 9 $48,368,242 $794,682
12. (DN 2) Kansas City Royals $47,366,229 10 $46,203,000 $1,163,229
13. (UP 10) Pittsburgh Pirates $43,796,488 23 $23,203,500 $20,592,988
14. (DN 12) Philadelphia Phillies $43,728,154 2 $72,720,166 ($28,992,012)
15. (DN 2) Milwaukee Brewers $42,517,807 13 $39,366,889 $3,150,918
16. (DN 9) Los Angeles Angels $42,422,938 7 $53,353,464 ($10,930,526)
17. (DN 11) Toronto Blue Jays $41,873,936 6 $55,601,200 ($13,727,264)
18. (UP 8) Houston Astros $36,740,607 26 $21,300,300 $15,440,307
19. (DN 3) Minnesota Twins $36,336,228 16 $33,953,426 $2,382,802
20. (UP 5) Texas Rangers $36,277,020 25 $21,739,030 $14,537,990
21. (DN 10) Cincinnati Reds $31,853,876 11 $41,230,772 ($9,376,896)
22. (DN 2) Colorado Rockies $31,217,394 20 $27,643,500 $3,573,894
23. (DN 1) New York Mets $27,394,361 22 $23,803,975 $3,590,386
24. (UP 6) Miami Marlins $27,049,562 30 $10,440,102 $16,609,460
25. (DN 11) Oakland Athletics $24,557,280 14 $35,896,606 ($11,339,326)
26. (DN 18) St. Louis Cardinals $18,911,933 8 $50,418,166 ($31,506,233)
27. Arizona Diamondbacks $18,859,668 27 $20,961,500 ($2,101,832)
28. Tampa Bay Rays $14,853,802 28 $19,186,866 ($4,333,064)
29. Cleveland Indians $12,352,696 29 $10,479,600 $1,873,096
30. (DN 13) Atlanta Braves $6,120,980 17 $33,352,683 ($27,231,703)
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