As I was writing another column of the best World Series match ups of the last 30 years, I realized how many stinkers there have been recently. I picked 30 years because these are all World Series that I watched, so I don’t have to rely on the opinion of anyone else. So without any further ado let’s hit the list.
10. 1984 Detroit Tigers 4, San Diego Padres1: The Detroit Tigers started the 1984 season on a 35-5 streak and ran away with the American League East division. The World Series was just a culmination of their wire to wire run. The Tigers were huge favorites over the Padres and the most surprising thing about the series may be that the Padres managed to steal game two.
9. 2004 Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0: This World Series would be higher up the list if not for the significance of the Red Sox breaking the Curse of the Bambino and winning their first title since 1918. The Cardinals scored 12 runs in the series but nine of those were in game one. The Cardinals offense hit a measly .190 for the series and only had two home runs both by Larry Walker.
8. 2006 St Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1: This was a series that was plagued by errors 12 overall between the two teams in the five games. Neither team hit particularly well the Cardinals had a .228 average while the Tigers had a lowly .161 average. When David Eckstein is the World Series MVP it is a pretty good indication that the series as a whole was a dud.
7. 2005 Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0: Although all four games of the series were decide by two runs or less, the Astros never really seemed to be in the series. Houston’s Roger Clemens was knocked out of game one in the third inning and never made another appearance and took away some star power. One thing keeping this match up from being higher on the list was the 14 inning marathon that was game three. It was nice to see Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio make the series after all their years together in Houston, but unfortunately they couldn’t finish the fairy tale ending.
6. 1990 Cincinnati Reds 4, Oakland A’s 0: The A’s high powered offense led by the Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, managed just 8 runs during the series. The Reds were led by their pitching mainly starter Jose Rijo, and the relief corps known as the Nasty Boys, Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton, and Randy Myers. The only reason this series wasn’t higher on the list is because the Reds were actually underdogs going into the series.
5. 2007 Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0: The Rockies were making their first World Series appearance and they were completely over matched by the boys from Boston. The Red Sox won game one 13-1 and never looked back. The Red Sox experience was too much for the upstart Rockies and made for a forgettable World Series.
4. 1999 New York Yankees 4, Atlanta Braves 0: The rematch of the 1996 World Series was disappointing like so many sequels are. The Braves scored just 9 runs over the four games and batted an even .200 for the series. Atlanta’s Tom Glavine and Kevin Millwood were less than impressive in their starts and the bullpen offered no relief as the Yankees marched to their third title in four years.
3. 1998 New York Yankees 4, San Diego Padres 0: The Yankees were heavy favorites coming into the series and they didn’t disappoint their fans. The Yankee’s starting pitching kept the Padres offense in check while the San Diego bullpen allowed ten runs in 11 innings pitched. The Yankees would end the season with a record 125 wins over the regular season and post season, with the Padres being little more a pebble for this steamroller to crush.
2. 1989 Oakland A’s 4, San Francisco Giants 0: The series initially as the Bay Bridge series was soon known as the earthquake series. An earthquake hit the bay area just prior to game three and delayed the series for ten days. The delay didn’t matter as the A’s picked up where they left off and crushed the Giants in four games. The Giants had an ERA of 8.21 for the series and their slugging third baseman Matt Williams was held to an average of .125.
1. 1994: Montreal Expos 4, New York Yankees 0: Oh wait this World Series never happened because the player’s strike wiped out the series. The Expos got screwed as they led the Braves by six games and may have won their first ever division title. Who knows that may have been enough to save baseball in Montreal, but instead we have the Washington Nationals.
So there you have the top ten World Series yawners of the last 30 years. Lets hope this year’s World Series doesn’t crack this list.
All stats courtesy of www.baseball-almanac.com