The Los Angeles Dodgers went into the 2021 common season as a favourite to not solely win a ninth consecutive Nationwide League West title but in addition repeat as World Collection champions.
They’ve chased the San Francisco Giants for a lot of the 12 months, with each golf equipment on tempo to win not less than 100 video games, one figures to finish up within the NL Wild Card Sport come October. The one-game playoff presents its personal daunting problem however it’s hardly insurmountable for a crew in pursuit of a championship.
Because the introduction of the Wild Card in 1995, there have been 13 non-division winners to advance to the World Collection. Seven of these went all the best way to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy after the ultimate pitch.
The 2019 Washington Nationals have been the latest Wild Card crew to not solely advance to the World Collection, however win it as nicely. They started their postseason journey by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a win-or-go-home elimination sport.
The Nationals then surprised the Dodgers in a best-of-five NL Division Collection regardless of being main underdogs. The membership went on to brush the St. Louis Cardinals within the NL Championship Collection earlier than knocking out the Houston Astros in seven video games within the World Collection.
The 2014 Giants gained simply 88 video games through the common season, nevertheless it was sufficient to earn a Wild Card spot. After defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates within the Wild Card Sport, they made fast work of the Nationals and Cardinals within the subsequent two collection.
The Giants then bested the Kansas Metropolis Royals in seven video games within the World Collection to seize their third championship since 2010.
Just like the Giants, the 2014 Royals additionally superior to the World Collection as a Wild Card crew. Previous to dropping to San Francisco in seven video games, they posted an ideal 8-0 document in opposition to the Oakland Athletics, L.A. Angels and Baltimore Orioles of their first three collection.
Again when there was just one Wild Card winner, the 2011 Cardinals began their postseason run by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in 5 video games within the NLDS.
After knocking out the Milwaukee Brewers within the NLCS, St. Louis went on to defeat the Texas Rangers in seven video games within the World Collection. Former Dodger David Freese memorably delivered huge hits in Sport 6, tying the rating with a triple within the ninth earlier than delivering a walk-off dwelling run within the eleventh inning to pressure a Sport 7.
The 2007 Colorado Rockies gained 13 of their ultimate 14 video games to pressure a Sport 163 in opposition to the San Diego Padres, which they took in 13 innings to assert the NL Wild Card.
The Rockies carried that momentum into the primary two rounds of the postseason, sweeping each the Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks to advance to the World Collection. Sadly for Colorado, they ran right into a scorching Boston Purple Sox crew and have been swept in 4 video games.
The 2006 Detroit Tigers eradicated the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics within the first two rounds of the postseason, however misplaced the World Collection in 5 video games to the Cardinals.
The 2005 Houston Astros earned the NL Wild Card regardless of successful solely 89 video games within the common season. Seen as a significant underdog, they went on to upset the Atlanta Braves and Cardinals within the first two rounds.
The Astros’ magic would run out within the World Collection as they have been swept by the Chicago White Sox in 4 video games.
2004 Purple Sox
The 2004 Purple Sox swept the Angels within the American League Division Collection however then discovered themselves in a 3-0 gap in opposition to the Yankees within the subsequent spherical.
Boston improbably erased the deficit by successful 4 consecutive video games after which swept the Cardinals within the World Collection to win their first championship since 1918.
The Florida Marlins confirmed simply six years prior they’ll win a World Collection because the Wild Card crew. They did so in 2003 by posting an 11-6 document in opposition to the Giants, Chicago Cubs and Yankees.
Although the Giants gained the World Collection because the Wild Card in 2014, they fell simply wanting doing so in 2002, falling to the Angels in seven video games.
The Angels, identical to their World Collection opponent, superior to the postseason as a Wild Card crew, and needed to defeat the Yankees and Minnesota Twins to get to that time. Anaheim then edged out the Giants in seven video games to win their first championship in franchise historical past.
In what was a stacked NL enjoying discipline, the 2000 New York Mets gained 94 video games through the common season to assert the Wild Card. They defeated the Giants and Cardinals within the first two rounds of the postseason to set the stage for a Subway Collection Fall Basic in opposition to the Yankees.
A extremely anticipated matchup turned out being one-sided because the Yankees took care of the Mets in six video games to win their twenty sixth World Collection title.
Six years earlier than successful the 2003 World Collection as a Wild Card crew, the 1997 Marlins made MLB historical past by changing into the primary crew to do it.
After defeating the Giants and Braves within the first two rounds of the postseason, they edged out the Cleveland Indians in seven video games to win their first title in franchise historical past. Edgar Renteria offered the heroics with a walk-off single within the eleventh inning.
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