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Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

The end of the 71-year Cubs World Series drought certainly qualifies as big news. It was fun to watch the fans at Wrigley Field and the Cubs bask in their triumph and sets up a World Series between two teams that have won a Series in a combined 174 years. 

Just a few months ago, the Cleveland Indians might have been vying for the sentimental underdog role, but the Cavaliers’ winning of the NBA championship last June has made the Cubs a clear favorite in the eyes of the U.S.

The Cubs’ win now moves the Washington Nationals, who started life as the Montreal Expos, to the top of the no World Series list. The Expos, an expansion franchise in 1969, never reached the Series, and the Nationals, despite excellent teams of late, haven’t either. 

In second place is the Seattle Mariners, who began life in 1977. They won 116 games in 2001, lost in the American League Championship Series, and haven’t been to the postseason since. 

The Mariners have played in three ALCS’ while the Expos/Nationals franchise has played in only one NLCS, in 1981.

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Of the teams that have played in World Series, the original franchise that has gone the longest without getting back is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Orioles in a stinging 1979 World Series. 

Many Orioles fans still cringe at listening to “We are Family” by Sister Sledge. 

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Orioles in a taut American League East race in 1982. 

Who can ever forget the farewell to Earl Weaver after the final game at Memorial Stadium that season? 

Milwaukee went to the World Series that season, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. 

The Brewers, who switched leagues in 1998, lost in the NLCS to the Cardinals in 2011, but haven’t played in the Series as a National League team.

And believe it or not, the Orioles now have the fifth longest World Series drought. 

Next season marks 34 years since a World Series was played in Baltimore. 

Since then, the Orioles moved from Memorial Stadium to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and have played in three American League Championship Series. 

In the time since the Orioles won the World Series, 25 other teams have made it there including four teams—Arizona, Colorado, Miami and Tampa Bay—that didn’t even exist then. 

It’s a great argument for parity. 

The Cubs are the team with the best record in baseball, and the Indians, came within one win of equaling Texas for the best record in the American League. (Cleveland had a game rained out in Detroit in the last week of the season that wasn’t made up.) 

In recent years, the Red Sox and White Sox have broken long dry spells, and this year someone else’s goes away while another stays on. 

A World Series in Baltimore would be fun, and while fans may be frustrated that the three postseason appearances in the last five years haven’t gotten the Orioles to the holy grail, the franchise is in good hands, and should be a contender again in 2017.

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0