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Top 5 worst teams in history to win the World Series
Just because a team wins the World Series, that doesn't exactly mean it was the best team. The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies had one of the best starting rotations in the history of baseball but failed to make it out of the NLDS.
Here are the top five worst teams to win the World Series:
2006 St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals finished the regular season winning the National League Central with an 83-78 record. They went on to beat the San Diego Padres in the NLDS and then the New York Mets in the NLCS en route to their World Series win over the Detroit Tigers. Sure, they had Albert Pujols(notes), but besides him, that lineup of David Eckstein(notes), So Taguchi(notes), Yadier Molina(notes), and Scott Rolen(notes) doesn't exactly scare me. Their rotation was even worse. Chris Carpenter was solid, but after him, you had to face Jason Marquis(notes) and Jeff Suppan(notes).
1990 Cincinnati Reds: This wasn't exactly the Big Red Machine. The Reds finished the year 91-71 and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS before sweeping the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series. Sure, Billy Hatcher was a monster in the playoffs, but when you have Todd Benzinger at first, that can't be a good start.
2003 Florida Marlins: The Marlins finished the season 91-71 and then beat the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS before beating the Chicago Cubs in the infamous "Bartman NLCS" before taking home their second World Series title after beating the New York Yankees. Their offense was decent, but let me read off their starting pitchers: Carl Pavano(notes), Brad Penny(notes), Mark Redman, and Dontrelle Willis(notes). Sure, Josh Beckett(notes) was a beast in that World Series, but Carl Pavano?
1987 Minnesota Twins: This one was tough, but I had to put them in here. The Twins finished the regular season 85-77 before they beat the Tigers in the ALCS. They beat the Cardinals in seven games, thanks to some horrible pitching by the Cardinals, who posted a 5.64 ERA in the World Series.
2010 San Francisco Giants: I kind of feel bad about this one, mostly because how can you not love Brian Wilson(notes)? The Giants went 92-70 during the regular season before beating the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and then the Phillies in the NLCS before defeating Cliff Lee(notes) and the Texas Rangers in the World Series. Yes, their pitching staff was top notch, but even I would feel confident pitching to that lineup they put out there.
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