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In 2004 Clint Frazier Jersey , the Cardinals finished 105-57 and met Boston in the World Series.The Red Sox were a wild-card team that had been down 3-0 to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series before it staged a historic comeback.The shadow of the Bambino loomed large, yet suddenly it seemed destiny was on Boston's side.The Sox curse-burying sweep of the Cards in the World Series may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, but it's easy to forget St. Louis won seven more regular-season games than Boston and employed an emerging 24-year-old star named Albert Pujols.1953 Brooklyn Dodgers: 105-49, Lost World Series3 of 10Harry Harris/Associated PressJackie Robinson hit .329 with a .927 OPS and 17 steals for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers.He had broken the color barrier in 1947 and won the NL MVP in 1949, and Brooklyn had reached the World Series in each of those seasons and 1952鈥攂ut had never won it.In 1953, the Dodgers went down 2-0 to the Yankees (who finished 99-52) in the Fall Classic.Brooklyn won the next two contests, but New York finished with a pair of victories to take the Big Apple-centric World Series.1943 St. Louis Cardinals: 105-49, Lost World Series4 of 10Edward Kitch/Associated PressStan "The Man" Musial paced baseball with a .357 average and .988 OPS in 1943.He also led the game with 220 hits, 48 doubles and 20 triples.Concurrently, the Red Birds flew ahead of the pack with 105 wins.Musial won rings with St. Louis in 1942, 1944 and 1946, so this isn't some Ernie Banks-esque tale. And like the Dodgers, the Cardinals enjoyed enough previous and subsequent postseason success to take the sting out.Then again, the Cardinals' 4-1 loss to the 98-win Yanks was a noteworthy letdown.1969 Baltimore Orioles: 109-53, Lost World Series5 of 10Focus On Sport/Getty ImagesBaltimore Orioles fans can be forgiven for weeping this season as the O's limped to a 47-115 finish and traded key assets such as infielder Manny Machado and reliever Zach Britton.In 1969 http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey , however, Baltimore endured an arguably more painful fate.The Birds soared to a 109-53 finish behind Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson but lost in five games to the New York Mets in the World Series.This series is remembered for the "Miracle Mets," who'd been a laughingstock prior to '69, but the O's deserve their portion of blame for falling short.1931 Philadelphia Athletics: 107-45, Lost World Series6 of 10Transcendental Graphics/Getty ImagesIn 1930, the Athletics defeated the Cardinals in the World Series, 4-2. In 1929, they won it all in five games over the Cubs.In 1931, Philadelphia won 107 games behind legendary manager Connie Mack and again faced the Cards in the Fall Classic. Continued dominance seemed inevitable.Al Simmons had hit .390. Lefty Grove had gone 31-4 with a 2.06 ERA. The stage was set for a three-peat.Instead, the Cardinals flipped the script and won the series in seven games.1998 Atlanta Braves: 106-56, Lost NLCS7 of 10JEFF HAYNES/Getty ImagesSubtracting the 1994 strike-annulled season, the Braves made the playoffs ever year from 1991 to 2005.They won the World Series only once during that span, in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians.We mentioned the 104-win 1993 season. But the Braves' biggest "what if" was 1998, when they won 106 games and the National League East by 18 games behind the trio of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.Rather than rolling to another title Stephen Piscotty Jersey , Atlanta lost to the San Diego Padres in six games in the National League Championship Series.If we're dinging this dynasty, getting dumped by the Friars was not a good look.1954 Cleveland Indians: 111-43, Lost World Series8 of 10Uncredited/Associated PressWhat's the most memorable moment of the 1954 World Series?If you answered anything other than "The Catch," aka Willie Mays' indelible over-the-shoulder grab, you're incorrect.Then again, the Indians won 111 games that year. The Giants won 97.Yet the Giants swept the series. Mays got his catch. The Orange and Black won three more even-year crowns long after a cross-country move to San Francisco.The Tribe fell flat, on the other hand, and haven't snagged a championship since 1948, the longest active drought in the game.1906 Chicago Cubs: 116-36, Lost World Series9 of 10JEFF ROBERSON/Associated PressIn 1906, the Cubs finished 116-36, the best regular-season winning percentage of all time. This was the team of Tinker to Evers to Chance, a myth even in their time.The Cubbies cruised to the best record ever and seemed destined for greatness.To the contrary, they lost in six games to the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox, who had finished last in the AL with a .230 batting average.The Cubs would win the World Series in 1907 and 1908 before the Curse of the Billy Goat kicked in http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-andrew-triggs-jersey , but this was among their darkest chapters.2001 Seattle Mariners: 116-46, Lost ALCS10 of 10JOHN FROSCHAUER/Associated PressThe Seattle Mariners have never won a title. They "boast" the game's longest active playoff-free streak of 17 seasons.Let's hop in a time machine and go back to 2001, when the M's were the toast of both leagues.Seattle finished that season with 116 wins, mere winning-percentage points behind the '06 Cubs. That said, Seattle's choke was and is more painful, both because of their ongoing futility and the early nature of their playoff exit.A 27-year-old Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 with 56 steals. Second baseman Bret Boone hit .331 with 37 home runs. The M's had future Hall of Famers on the rise and dudes in the midst of ludicrous career years. This was their moment.Or not.Seattle's playoff foray ended ignobly with a 4-1 series loss to the Yankees in the ALCS. The M's didn't even taste the World Series, let alone sip champagne.The Yanks, in turn, lost to the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks in a seven-game World Series, but if the Mariners took any comfort in that outcome, it was the coldest kind. All statistics courtesy ofBaseball-Reference. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:TRY AGAINLuis Severino gets a wild-card do-over when he starts for the Yankees against Oakland in a winner-take-all matchup. Severino allowed three runs and got just one out in last year’s wild-card game against Minnesota before New York rallied for an 8-4 victory. Severino was chosen over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka despite a second-half slump.“I think he’s equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, he’s equipped with amazing stuff and the ability to dominate big league hitters because he’s such a talented pitcher,” manager Aaron Boone said.The A’s will counter with a bullpen game, beginning with reliever Liam Hendriks — among the more unlikely postseason starters ever. Hendriks was waived off the 40-man roster in June Jake Smolinski Jersey , spent two months in the minors, then emerged in September as Oakland’s go-to “opener” to cover for an injury-decimated rotation.Hendriks (0-1) will be just the fourth pitcher to start a playoff game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous three missed most of their seasons either to serve in a war or because of injury.DOUBTFUL DANSBYBraves shortstop Dansby Swanson appears to be a longshot to make the team’s roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Swanson partially tore a ligament in his left hand on a swing against the Mets on Sept. 25. He had pain when he tried to swing a bat Saturday in Philadelphia and received more treatment Tuesday, remaining inside while his teammates were on the SunTrust Park field. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker says Swanson has “a chance” to play, but added “I don’t know how great of one.”DAY OF RESTAfter winning an epic NL wild-card game that lasted nearly five hours, Trevor Story and the Rockies can finally take a breather. Backup catcher Tony Wolters hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 13th inning and Colorado outlasted the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in the longest winner-take-all postseason game in major league history. It was the third big game over three days in three different cities for the Rockies, who play Game 1 of a best-of-five Division Series at NL Central champion Milwaukee on Thursday. “We didn’t make it easy on ourselves, that’s for sure,” Story said, “but we’re going to enjoy this one tonight and we’re definitely not done.”TWIN CITIES SEACH PARTYMinnesota is looking for a new manager one day after firing Paul Molitor. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine cited a pursuit of more productive player development for their younger players. The move comes amid struggles for Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, players long targeted as franchise cornerstones. Minnesota is willing to wait until after the World Series to decide on a skipper in case a candidate is still participating.
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