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The '27 Yankees Top World Series Rankings

The 2010 Giants Rank 61st

Joel Beall, WhatIfSports.com
November 4th, 2010

The Giants claimed their first World Series since 1954 on Monday night, ending 56 years of discontent and disappointment that spans back to the franchise's period at the Polo Grounds in New York. San Francisco added a dramatic element to its title run: after securing a victory over rival San Diego on the last day of the season to earn October entry, the Giants ended the Bobby Cox Era in Atlanta and overthrew Philadelphia's reign on the National League pennant on their march to the Fall Classic. The Giants' starting trio of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner proved too potent for Texas, as the San Francisco rotation put on a pitching practicum against the Rangers en route to a 4-1 series triumph. This excellence on the mound extended to the bullpen, as reliever Javier Lopez posted a 1.59 ERA in nine postseason appearances and closer Brian Wilson held opponents scoreless with a 0.77 WHIP in 11.2 innings of work.

The postseason spotlight shined on the arsenal of arms (and facial hair) tended to minimize the contributions of the San Francisco offense. And a quick glance at the roster illustrates why this came to pass. Save for highly touted prospect Buster Posey, the Giants lineup consisted of has-beens, castoffs and journeymen. Pat Burrell? The former Phillie had a .218 average in 146 games with Tampa before being designated for assignment earlier this season. Aubrey Huff? The first baseman's stop in San Francisco equates to his fifth team in six years. Edgar Renteria? Injuries had reduced the former All-Star to a diminished role. Cody Ross? A lifetime .265 hitter who belted just 14 homers in 2010. It's Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine come to life.

So where does this rag-tag group rank among baseball's elite? The WhatIfSports baseball simulation power ranking engine matched this year's Giants with every World Series champion starting in 1903 to the present to determine which squad ranks supreme. Each team used in the simulation was pitted against every World Series champion in a seven-game series, with three games home, three games away, and the seventh game's home/away location randomly decided between the two teams.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
1.1927 Yankees4822530.6566.854.682.16

1927 Yankees

No surprise here. The team widely regarded as baseball's best ranks first in our power rankings. Nicknamed "Murderer's Row" for their vaunted lineup, the '27 Yanks went 110-44 (.714 winning percentage) on their way to sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates for the World Series crown. Fun Fact: This season was also the scene of Babe Ruth's record-setting 60 home runs. Yet, despite the Bambino's bomb total (as well as batting .356 with 164 RBI, 158 runs, and a .486 OBP), Ruth was not awarded the MVP, due to a stipulation that stated past winners were ineligible for the honor. The prize was bestowed upon Ruth's teammate Lou Gehrig, who hit .373 with 47 dingers, 175 RBI, 149 runs and rocked a .474 OBP. Other notable players from the Bronx Bombers included OF Earle Combs (.356 average), 2B Tony Lazzeri (.309 average, 102 RBI) and P Waite Hoyt (2.63 ERA).

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World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
2.1939 Yankees4532820.6165.704.171.53
3.1976 Reds4492860.6116.405.051.34
4.1948 Indians4482870.6105.314.171.14
5.1937 Yankees4412940.6006.244.901.33
6.1998 Yankees4412940.6005.604.640.96

1998 Yankees

The '98 Yankees are the only team from the past 30 years to crack the top 20 on our list. Setting a then-record of 114 wins (later surpassed by the 2001 Mariners), New York finished 22 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. While no single player put up extravagant slugging numbers (1st baseman Tino Martinez led the club with 28 jacks, a relatively pedestrian figure during baseball's Steroid Era), the '98 Yankee lineup was extremely balanced in terms of power, as eight players hit 17 or more homers. The pitching rotation's strength was depth, as the Yanks employed the services of David Wells (five shutouts), David Cone (209 strikeouts), Orlando Hernandez (3.13 ERA) and Andy Pettitte (16 wins). And it didn't hurt to have Mariano Rivera (36 saves, 1.91 ERA) and Graeme Lloyd (1.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in 50 appearances) appearing in relief. The Yanks rolled the Padres 4-0 for a World Series sweep.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
7.1913 Philadelphia Athletics4362990.5935.224.071.15
8.1909 Pirates4293060.5844.403.500.90
9.1910 Philadelphia Athletics4233120.5764.293.530.75
10.1944 Cardinals4203150.5715.023.991.03
11.1938 Yankees4173180.5675.785.110.67
12.1907 Cubs4143210.5633.953.220.73
13.1940 Reds4123230.5614.343.870.47
14.1970 Orioles4123230.5615.014.840.17
15.1922 New York Giants4093260.5565.885.040.84
16.1943 Yankees4093260.5564.764.170.59
17.1975 Reds4073280.5545.364.980.38

1975 Reds

The Big Red Machine, cited as the "most famous lineup in baseball history" by writer Joe Posnanski, rolled to 108 wins in 1975, good enough to best the Dodgers by 20 games in the division. This team wasn't particularly remarkable; all it had was the greatest catcher of all time (Johnny Bench), the greatest second baseman of all time (Joe Morgan), the most underrated shortstop of all time (Dave Concepcion), and the greatest hitter of all time (Pete Rose). And we'd be remiss not to mention Hall of Famer Tony Perez, 1977 MVP George Foster, three-time All-Star Ken Griffey, and four-time Gold Glover Cesar Geronimo. After taking care of the Pirates in three games for the NL pennant, the Reds engaged the Red Sox in what many baseball historians classify as the greatest Fall Classic ever. The image of Carlton Fisk frantically waving his 12th-inning homer towards fair territory has cemented its place in baseball's lore, acting as a catalyst of revisionist history of the series' outcome. Most forget that, aside from Games 1 and 5, every contest was decided by one run, or that Morgan's ninth-inning RBI single in Game 7 brought Cincinnati the title. Rose earned series MVP honors with a .370 average.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
18.1920 Indians4023330.5475.635.000.63
19.1961 Yankees4023330.5474.884.420.46
20.1936 Yankees4003350.5446.165.450.71
21.1925 Pirates3983370.5416.055.200.84
22.1919 Reds3943410.5363.943.360.58
23.1995 Braves3933420.5354.654.400.26
24.1932 Yankees3923430.5336.425.460.96
25.1962 Yankees3913440.5325.265.000.26
26.1921 New York Giants3903450.5315.745.190.56
27.1942 Cardinals3903450.5314.934.400.53
28.1958 Yankees3903450.5314.944.690.25
29.1905 New York Giants3883470.5284.754.150.60
30.1912 Red Sox3873480.5274.684.240.44
31.1955 Brooklyn Dodgers3873480.5275.785.500.28
32.1941 Yankees3863490.5255.154.760.39
33.1926 Cardinals3863490.5255.175.000.17
34.1960 Pirates3863490.5254.904.830.07

1960 Pirates

Despite winning 95 games and owning a roster of eight All-Stars (including NL MVP Dick Groat), the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 1960 World Series as underdogs to Mickey Mantle, AL MVP Roger Maris and the rest of the New York Yankees. And if one were to look at the composite box score from the Series, this sentiment would be validated, as the Yanks outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the seven-game series. However, as Mark Twain once wrote, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics." Blowout wins by New York in Games 2 (16-3), 3 (10-0) and 6 (12-0) contributed to this discrepancy. This series will forever be remembered for 2nd baseman Bill Mazeroski's game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th, the only time a World Series has ended in a walk-off shot in Game 7. Bobby Richardson earned the infamous distinction of being the only World Series MVP from a losing team.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
35.1924 Washington Senators3853500.5244.844.500.34
36.1981 Dodgers3853500.5244.714.530.19
37.1950 Yankees3843510.5225.405.100.31
38.1903 Boston Americans3843510.5224.213.990.22
39.1965 Dodgers3833520.5214.103.820.27
40.2009 Yankees3833520.5215.745.520.22
41.1966 Orioles3813540.5184.995.01-0.03
42.1918 Red Sox3803550.5173.933.670.26
43.1986 Mets3783570.5144.954.900.04

1986 Mets

Although often renowned in hindsight for their actions off the field rather than on it, the '86 Mets were arguably the best ballclub of the decade. The backbone of the Mets was the pitching staff, featuring a starting rotation with three pitchers sporting a sub-3.00 ERA in Dwight Gooden (2.84), Ron Darling (2.81), and Bob Ojeda (2.57). But New York was anything but a one-trick pony. The Mets lineup featured power in Darryl Strawberry and speed with Lenny Dykstra, and their defensive prowess thanks to Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez was second to none. Unfortunately, history tends to remember the Mets in two regards: 1) As notorious party animals and 2) The beneficiaries of Bill Buckner's infamous error in the 10th inning of Game Six, allowing the Mets take the Red Sox to Game Seven and ultimately win the series.

Hardball Dynasty
World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
44.1956 Yankees3773580.5135.315.190.12
45.1923 Yankees3763590.5125.345.030.31
46.1984 Tigers3743610.5094.865.13-0.26
47.1930 Philadelphia Athletics3733620.5075.755.480.27
48.1915 Red Sox3713640.5054.213.980.23
49.1953 Yankees3713640.5055.325.140.18
50.1945 Tigers3713640.5054.954.890.06
51.2004 Red Sox3713640.5055.886.01-0.13

2004 Red Sox

Seems low for a team whose lineup featured eight hitters batting over .270, no? Furthermore, the Boston offense showcased the one-two combo of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, which accounted for 84 home runs and 269 RBI (albeit, quite possibly chemically enhanced). But at second glance, Boston's starting rotation appears to be an Achilles' heel. Curt Schilling finished the year with 21 wins and a 3.26 ERA, but Pedro Martinez had begun to lose his touch (3.90 ERA, up from 2.22 in 2003) and the rest of the staff was average at best during the season. The heroics and historical context surrounding the remarkable ALCS comeback against the New York Yankees (Boston is the only team to recover from a 0-3 deficit) have probably glorified the perception we have of the '04 Sox compared to other championship teams. Yet it's hard to fathom another championship team having the same emotional impact on a fan base as the 2004 Boston ballclub.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
52.2003 Marlins3703650.5034.794.89-0.10
53.1929 Philadelphia Athletics3683670.5015.505.350.15
54.1947 Yankees3663690.4984.534.76-0.23
55.1954 New York Giants3643710.4954.744.610.13
56.1972 Athletics3643710.4954.083.960.12
57.1908 Cubs3633720.4943.844.06-0.22
58.1963 Dodgers3613740.4914.625.02-0.39
59.1978 Yankees3603750.4904.414.48-0.07
60.1968 Tigers3603750.4904.444.53-0.09
61.2010 Giants3603750.4904.705.10-0.40

2010 Giants

Personally, this placement is perceivably too high for a lineup that featured Burrell, Ross and Huff as its main offensive weapons. Then again, it's hard to quantify the effect of Lincecum, Cain and Wilson's beard.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
62.1988 Dodgers3593760.4884.344.61-0.28
63.1928 Yankees3573780.4866.025.800.22
64.1996 Yankees3573780.4865.215.39-0.17
65.1911 Philadelphia Athletics3553800.4835.025.23-0.21
66.2005 White Sox3553800.4834.464.93-0.48
67.1979 Pirates3543810.4824.935.20-0.28
68.1977 Yankees3533820.4804.774.94-0.17
69.1989 Athletics3533820.4804.615.05-0.44
70.1974 Athletics3523830.4794.104.47-0.37
71.1914 Boston Braves3513840.4784.554.61-0.06
72.1980 Phillies3513840.4784.585.26-0.68

1980 Phillies

The Phils had former All-Stars Greg Luzinski, Rose, Bake McBride, Larry Bowa, and Bob Boone scattered throughout their lineup, but the 1980 Philadelphia offense centered on one man: Mike Schmidt. The third baseman hit 48 homers and knocked in 121 RBI on his way to earning MVP honors. Schmidt carried this success into the postseason, where he lit up the Royals with two home runs, seven RBI, and a .381 average in the process of giving the franchise it's first World Series championship. In regards to the Philly pitching, Steve Carlton submitted one of his finest campaigns in his Hall of Fame career, winning 24 games, striking out 286 helpless hitters and posting a 2.34 ERA. And Tug McGraw, in the twilight of his career, was lights-out in the bullpen, appearing in 57 games with a 1.46 ERA.

Hardball Dynasty
World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
73.1949 Yankees3503850.4765.225.67-0.44
74.1957 Milwaukee Braves3493860.4754.724.93-0.21
75.1982 Cardinals3493860.4754.775.03-0.26
76.1917 White Sox3483870.4733.673.84-0.17
77.1934 Cardinals3473880.4725.235.42-0.20
78.1935 Tigers3463890.4715.185.23-0.05
79.1990 Reds3463890.4715.065.44-0.39
80.1931 Cardinals3453900.4695.115.33-0.22
81.1971 Pirates3443910.4684.985.24-0.26
82.1967 Cardinals3423930.4654.584.97-0.39
83.2007 Red Sox3413940.4644.955.55-0.60
84.1999 Yankees3403950.4635.085.94-0.86
85.1969 Mets3393960.4614.174.32-0.14
86.1991 Twins3373980.4594.745.46-0.72

1991 Twins

The Minnesota Twins had a simple formula in 1991: give the ball to their starting trio of Jack Morris, Kevin Tapani, and Scott Erickson and stay out of their way. The three combined for 54 wins, 19 complete games and six shutouts for the Twins. In the few instances where they needed some relief, right-hander Carl Willis (2.63 ERA) and closer Rick Aguilera (42 saves) were brought in from the bullpen to extinguish the proverbial fire. However, the Twins were not all arms and no bats. While no individual reached the 100 RBI plateau, seven of the Minnesota regulars had batting averages of .275 or higher, including All-Star Kirby Puckett (.319 average, 92 runs) and DH Chili Davis (.277, 29 homers and 93 RBI). The Twins took on the Atlanta Braves in the World Series in '91, which came to be regarded as one of the more thrilling and suspenseful Fall Classics. Five of the games were decided by a run, three went into extra innings and four came down to the final batter. Game Seven was resolved by a Gene Larkin deep single in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Twins a 1-0 victory. But the real hero was Morris, who pitched 10 innings of shutout ball in Game Seven, which garnered the starter the series MVP.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
87.1933 New York Giants3363990.4573.784.14-0.36
88.1964 Cardinals3363990.4574.785.32-0.55
89.1952 Yankees3354000.4564.844.95-0.11
90.1906 White Sox3304050.4493.073.42-0.35
91.1992 Blue Jays3304050.4494.585.32-0.74
92.2002 Angels3274080.4454.525.24-0.72
93.2000 Yankees3264090.4445.246.43-1.19
94.1993 Blue Jays3244110.4415.286.15-0.87
95.2001 Diamondbacks3214140.4374.495.29-0.80
96.1997 Marlins3204150.4354.445.23-0.79
97.2008 Phillies3194160.4344.755.67-0.92
98.1983 Orioles3144210.4274.395.47-1.09

1983 Orioles

This would mark the only time that Cal Ripken Jr. would win a World Series ring in his storied career. The Iron Man earned his first MVP award in '83, hitting .318 with 27 homers and 102 RBI. Helping Ripken was 1st baseman Eddie Murray, who slugged 33 home runs to go along with 111 RBI and a .306 average. Yet despite the presence of two future Hall of Famers, the World Series MVP went to catcher Rick Dempsey. Dempsey, remembered more for his defense rather than his bat, went 5-for-13 with a homer as Baltimore defeated Philadelphia in five games. Ripken batted just .167, while Murrary hit .250, albeit with two home runs.

World Series Power Rankings
Rank Team Wins Losses WinPct RS RA Run Diff
99.1973 Athletics3124230.4243.994.79-0.80
100.1951 Yankees3124230.4244.525.56-1.03
101.1959 Dodgers2984370.4055.096.28-1.19
102.1916 Red Sox2954400.4013.574.38-0.81
103.2006 Cardinals2854500.3884.535.90-1.37
104.1946 Cardinals2844510.3864.275.04-0.78
105.1985 Royals2744610.3733.935.16-1.23
106.1987 Twins2305050.3134.206.30-2.10

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