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The Biggest Underdogs to Win the World Series

The 2023 World Series is going to feature two teams that won no more than 90 games this year (the top-5 records are all out), with the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies all winning 90 games and the Arizona Diamondbacks only winning 84.

Being an underdog isn’t always about winning less games, as injuries and midseason trades can always change the fortunes of an early-season losing record, but these four clubs eliminating the cream of the crop in MLB this season certainly counts.

With that being said, we’ve rounded up the five biggest underdogs to win the World Series, from an Amazin’ team to a memorable limp around the bases.

Biggest Underdogs to Win the World Series

  1. 1969 New York Mets: Often called the “Miracle Mets,” they surprised everyone by defeating the highly favored Baltimore Orioles in five games. Before 1969, the Mets were historically a losing team, making their win even more surprising.
  2. 2004 Boston Red Sox: While the Red Sox were a strong team, the narrative was more about them overcoming the “Curse of the Bambino.” They came back from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the ALCS, marking the first time in MLB history a team overcame such a deficit in the playoffs. They then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, earning their first championship in 86 years.
  3. 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers: The Oakland Athletics were heavily favored, especially with the “Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. But the Dodgers, led by Orel Hershiser‘s pitching and the memorable pinch-hit home run by the injured Kirk Gibson in Game 1, went on to win the Series in five games.
  4. 1987 Minnesota Twins: The Twins had the worst regular-season record of any team to make the playoffs that year, but they managed to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, winning every home game in the Metrodome.
  5. 2019 Washington Nationals: The Nationals started the season poorly, with a record of 19-31, prompting many to count them out early. However, they turned things around in the second half of the season and won the Wild Card game, eventually defeating the heavily favored Houston Astros in seven games in the World Series.
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