‘First time in 120 years’ 2 100-loss teams meet in WS; first title in 22 years vs. first in franchise history
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers will meet in the World Series.
Arizona defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 25. With the win, Arizona improved to 4-3 in the best-of-seven series and advanced to the World Series.
In the American League, Texas advanced to the World Series a day earlier, defeating Houston four games to three in the American League Championship Series. Texas and Arizona will play for the World Series championship, beginning with Game 1 on April 28 at Globe Live Field in Arlington, Texas.
When the postseason began, few experts predicted that Texas and Arizona would meet in the World Series. Texas (90-72) began fall baseball as the second wild card in the American League and Arizona (84-78) as the third wild card in the National League.먹튀검증토토사이트 Neither team had a great regular season.
But once the postseason rolled around, Texas and Arizona made a run for the World Series. In the Wild Card Series, Texas swept Tampa Bay (99-63), the second-best team in the American League, in two games, and in the Division Series, they swept Baltimore (101-61), the Eastern Division winner and the best team in the American League, in three games. In the League Championship Series, they got revenge on Houston (90-72), the team that cost them the district title, with a four-game sweep.
Arizona (84-78) also made a huge run. Arizona, which along with Miami (84-78) had the fewest regular-season wins of any postseason team this season, swept Central Division champion Milwaukee (92-70) in two games and the National League’s second-best team, the Dodgers (100-62), in three games in the Division Series. In the League Championship Series, they advanced to the World Series with a hard-fought Game 7 win over Philadelphia (90-72). Arizona became the third-lowest-winning team to reach the World Series in the 162-game format. The first was the 1973 Mets (82 wins, runner-up) and the second was the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals (83 wins, winner).
As MLB.com noted, “Fast-forward to 2021. Four teams have more than 100 losses. One was Arizona, which finished in last place with Baltimore with 52 wins and 110 losses, and the other was Texas with 60 wins and 102 losses, the worst record since 1973 (57 wins and 105 losses). Two years later, these two teams would meet in the World Series,” he said, highlighting the World Series matchup between Arizona and Texas.
Arizona and Texas are the fifth time in Major League Baseball history that a team with 100 or more losses has reached the World Series two years later. Previously, the 1914 Boston Braves (now Atlanta), 1967 Boston, 1969 Mets, and 2008 Tampa Bay reached the World Series two years after a 100-loss season. No team has ever reached the World Series the year after a 100-loss season. This is the first time in 120 years since the first World Series in 1903 that two teams with 100+ losses in the same year have reached the World Series at the same time two years later.
Both Arizona and Texas are desperate to win this World Series. This is Arizona’s second trip to the World Series. They haven’t been to a World Series since winning their inaugural title in 2001. Texas is making its third trip to the World Series after finishing as back-to-back World Series runners-up in 2010 and 2011. Texas has not won a World Series title in 61 years since its inception in 1961.