Absolutely Adequate wrote:I was talking to my buddy the other day and picking which teams will win each division next year. And we realized that there is a real chance that neither the Cardinals nor the Tigers make the playoffs next year. Has that ever happened before? Might this have been the worst pair of teams ever to play in the W.S.?
Think this is pretty arbitrary question, and saying both of these teams were "historically" awful seems to be a bit of an exaggeration. The Tigers led the league in ERA, and had some dynamite starting pitching. Their bullpen had been fantastic, and they had power up and down the line-up. On the other side, the Cards have one of the best hitters in baseball, and a strong 4-5 with Rolen and Edmonds. They're bullpen also came together behind a Cy Young winner, and a #2 guy who had proved is merit in the postseason in previous years (Jeff Suppan.)
These teams weren't great by any means, but I don't believe they're the worst ever in the WS. My thoughts:
2003 Marlins for me were pretty weak. In fact, just comparing stats it's hard to believe the Marlins won. In the 2003 WS the team hit .232 and had a 3.21 ERA. Contrastly, the Yankees hit .261 with a team ERA of 2.13. They're young pitchers just happend to pitch well at the right time (aka Josh Beckett).
Anaheim in '02 wasn't a very good team either. The team ERA for the series was 5.75 while the Giants posted one of 4.65. Anaheim slugged their way to a World Championship in one of the worst pitching performances by a championship team.
Now not saying the Cards in '06 knocked the cover off the ball (they didn't), but they pitched very well to knock the Tigers out. And, IMO, I would think either the Tigers or Cards would match-up fine against either 03 or 02 WS team.
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