I hope to be contributing to a World Series preview for Seamheads.com. If not, I may very well do my own here. But, for now, here's a little piece on the last ten teams to appear in their first World Series.
The most recent two first-time World Series entrants were embarrassed pretty badly.
- 2007: Colorado Rockies lost 4-0 to Boston Red Sox
- 2005: Houston Astros lost 4-0 to Chicago White Sox.
Prior to that, four consecutive franchises won their Fall Classic debuts, three of them requiring the full 7 games to do so:
- 2002: Anaheim Angels defeated San Francisco Giants, 4-3.
- 2001: Arizona Diamondbacks defeated New York Yankees, 4-3.
- 1997: Florida Marlins defeated Cleveland Indians, 4-3.
- 1992: Toronto Blue Jays defeated Atlanta Braves, 4-2.
Rounding out the most recent ten teams playing in the World Series for the first time in their franchise's history:
- 1984: San Diego Padres lost to Detroit Tigers, 4-1.
- 1982: Milwaukee Brewers lost to St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3.
- 1980: Kansas City Royals lost to Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2.
- 1969: New York Mets defeated Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.
Overall, that's 5 wins and 5 losses for the first-timers, 2-2 for the American League teams and 3-3 for the National League teams. This year's Rays will look to break that 8-game losing streak established by the 2005 Astros and 2007 Rockies. Expect them to have very little difficulty with that.