Another anti-climatic World Series

Over the past 10 years the team that loses the World Series have won a combined 10 games (or an average of 1 per year). Five of those ten were sweeps. FIVE!! The World Series has seriously become boring. We haven’t even had a Series get to the 6th game since 2003. What is the reasoning behind this? Is one league that much better than the other? Let’s take a look and see what we can find. I am going to remove the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Series (all of those went at least 6 games) and concentrate on the other seven. In case you forgot here are the results (the team with the better record is in bold):

  • 2007: Boston 4, Colorado 0
  • 2006: St. Louis 4, Detroit 1
  • 2005: White Sox 4, Houston 0
  • 2004: Boston 4, St. Louis 0
  • 2000: Yankees 4, Mets 1
  • 1999: Yankees 4, Atlanta 0
  • 1998: Yankees 4, San Diego 0

Now some stats (mostly useless I am sure):

  • AL wins vs. NL wins: 6-1
  • Team with a better record: 3-4
  • Home Field Advantage: 5-2
  • Winners average league rank
    • OPS+: 4.4 (3.7 if you remove the worst team)
    • ERA+: 3.3 (2.3)
  • Losers average league rank:
    • OPS+: 6 (5 if you remove the worst)
    • ERA+: 2.9 (2.5)

Those stats don’t show a lot, but my point was to determine whether one team had a significant advantage over the other. Home field advantage played in there bit but doesn’t that occur within all World Series? Is the AL just that much more dominant? I know that everyone thinks the AL has dominated but they are only 8-5 in the Wild Card era. I don’t know what to make of all of this. It’s kind of sad because the rating for the World Series get worse and worse, excitement-wise. I am convinced there isn’t anything that jumps out at me why these series have been so lopsided. Part of me wants to say that the whole concept of the team with a better regular season record cruise through their league’s playoffs and aren’t as prepared, mentally, to win it all. That is probably crazy talk though.

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