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World Series History: The 9 Best Of The Modern Era

As another World Series gets set to start tonight in Kansas City, where will the matchup of the San Francisco Giants-Kansas City Royals fit in the scope of modern World Series history? Here’s a look back at the top nine Fall Classics in the modern era.

The modern era at TheSportsNotebook, for reasons outlined here, begins in 1975. By way of personal preference, I’m giving a higher value to World Series that were tied after four games, though there are cases of teams coming from 3-1 down to win.

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Why We Should Salute The Baltimore Orioles

A simple rule of sports is that when you get to the postseason, your flaws are going to be exposed. No team is perfect, so whomever wins the World Series will survive in spite of it. But things that could be covered up in the regular season come to light in the heat of postseason competition. It’s true in every sport and it’s what is finally doing in the Baltimore Orioles in this American League Championship Series.


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The Baltimore Orioles Fight An Avalanche Of LCS History

The Baltimore Orioles are really up against it tonight when the American League Championship Series resumes tonight in Kansas City. The Orioles are down 0-2 in games, which is serious enough, but those two losses have come at home. The number of teams that have rallied in such a circumstance to win a pennant? Zero.

The verdict of LCS history is bleak for Baltimore. So if you’re an Orioles fan where do you go from here? I think the answer is to turn some bad news into a positive.

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Bullpens Have Been The Key In This Year’s MLB Playoffs

A common media theme in reaction to the early results of the MLB playoffs have been that “there’s no predicting these playoffs.” The fact betting-line underdogs won all four Division Series matchups, and a couple of individual pitching matchups went badly awry is cited as the latest proof that in baseball, a short series, is all about randomness and luck. I disagree completely.

There are is one overriding theme that draws all the disparate results together, and another subplot that is also in play. The common theme is very simple—the team with the superior bullpen won every single Division Series.

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2014 MLB Division Series MVPs

One omission in baseball’s postseason award structure is that they don’t give out an MVP for the Division Series round, the way is done in the League Championship Series and World Series. To rectify that, here’s TheSportsNotebook’s pick for the 2014 MLB Division Series MVPs…

Baltimore over Detroit 3-0: Andrew Miller (RP, Baltimore): The bullpens were the difference in the Orioles-Tigers series and no one was better for Buck Showalter than Andrew Miller. The tall lefty got five outs in Game 1 while it was still a one-run game, and again in Game 3’s 2-1 clinching win.

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