A lot was made of the recent losing woes of the Red Sox and how going into the playoffs amidst a losing streak spelled doom for the Boston Local 9.
If you look at the last 10 World Series champions, it could. Then again, it might be just a meaningless side note.
From 1999-2008, six of the eventual champs went into the playoffs on a winning record, including the last two. Only three had losing records: the 2000 Yankees (2-8 and lost their last seven games), the 2002 Anaheim Angels (4-6) and the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals (3-7).
One team (the '99 Yankees) went in at .500 in their last 10 games.
1999:á NYY 5-5
2000:á NYY 2-8
2001:á Arizona 7-3
2002:á Anaheim 4-6
2003:á Florida 7-3
2004:á Boston 7-3
2005:á Chicago White Sox 8-2
2006:á St. Louis 3-7 (only playe ...
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Article written by Josh Nason