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How did World Series champions who missed the subsequent postseason respond the year after?

How did World Series champions who missed the subsequent postseason respond the year after?

With a loss to the Rays and an Indians win over the Phillies, the Red Sox were officially eliminated from playoff contention in a season following their World Series championship. 

Boston has won 4 titles in the last 15 years, a mark no other team has matched in the same time frame. But the last two times the Red Sox have won it all, they failed to make it past September the following season. 

After winning the World Series in 2013 with a magical bearded run following the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox finished with a 71-91 record, which was good for last place in the AL East. They followed up 2004's championship with a first-round sweep to the eventual champion White Sox and then fell to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2008. 

Fortunately for the Red Sox, it's become pretty common for a World Series hangover to last an entire season after the fact. Boston is now the 10th team since 2000 to miss the postseason after hoisting that World Series trophy. 

Of course, we know what those teams did after they won it all, but what happened the year after they failed to get back? How many bounced back vs completely faded away?

2004 ANGELS

The Angels followed up their first championship in franchise history with a letdown year in 2003. They finished 77-85 and finished third in their division. However, they returned to form in 2004 and took back the AL West crown. The addition of Vladimir Guerrero certainly helped. The 29-year-old superstar won the AL MVP in his first season with the Angels, hitting .337 with 39 home runs and 126 RBI. The Angels would eventually get swept in the ALDS by the eventual champion Red Sox.

2005 MARLINS

The Marlins shocked the world by beating the Yankees in the 2003 Fall Classic, but finished third in the NL East the season after. Things didn't get much better for them in 2005 either. Sure, they had a better record, but they once again fell to third place and would eventually trade Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit and send ace Josh Beckett to the Red Sox. This is probably the path the Red Sox want to avoid. The Marlins have been one of baseball's worst over the last 10 years. 

2007 WHITE SOX

After winning the World Series in 2005, Chicago went 90-72 the following season. A strong showing, but the AL Central was a powerhouse that year. The Tigers and Twins made the postseason over them. The year following, the White Sox went 72-90 and haven't been a real threat in the American League since. 

2008 CARDINALS

St. Louis won its first championship since 1967 in 2006, but missed the playoffs the next two seasons after. Cardinals fans wouldn't be disappointed for long though, as they won another title in 2011 in an epic series with the Rangers. 

2012 GIANTS

Ah, the Giants. Kings of winning a World Series, missing the playoffs and then bouncing back to win another. The Giants missed the postseason after winning it all in 2010, but then came back the following year to beat the Tigers in the World Series. Few will forget Sergio Romo striking out Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to close out the series for San Francisco. 

2014 GIANTS

Look who it is! It's the Giants yet again! The 2014 run was how Madison Bumgarner became one of the best big-game pitchers of all time. He carried the Giants staff on an incredible workload to lift the Giants to their third championship in five years. They're the only team close to the Red Sox' level of success since the turn of the century. 

2015 RED SOX

The Red Sox were terrible in 2014, and while they weren't as bad in 2015, they still finished last in the AL East and below .500. Fortunately they would win the next three straight division titles to go with a World Series in 2018, but sometimes the reload takes a bit longer than you'd want from a team that was able to reach the pinnacle of their profession. Age most certainly played a factor for Boston here. 

2016 GIANTS

Everyone assumed the Giants would bounce back for the fourth time and win another World Series after missing the playoffs in an odd-numbered year. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, and the Giants would miss the playoffs for the second straight season. They have not been back to the postseason since. 

2017 ROYALS

The Royals took down the Mets in 2015 to finally get their World Series championship after falling to the Giants in 2014. The next two season would not be kind to the Royals, where they missed the playoffs both seasons with a record around .500. Kansas City is now one of the worst teams in baseball, but at least they got one. 

2020 RED SOX?

The Red Sox have a lot of questions to answer regarding their roster with Dave Dombrowski officially out as President of Baseball Operations. J.D. Martinez can opt-out of his current deal for a pay raise, and Mookie Betts' extension weighs over the franchise's head too. After a season like 2019, Boston needs to upgrade their pitching staff, but they might not be able to if they want to commit resources to their best players. Boston could be in trouble moving forward. 

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Inside the Numbers: Red Sox need only 12 minutes to beat Royals in extra innings

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Inside the Numbers: Red Sox need only 12 minutes to beat Royals in extra innings

You could say what happened Thursday at Fenway Park was either the longest game in baseball this season... or the shortest.

Fifteen days after the game between the Red Sox and Royals was suspended in the 10th inning due to rain, the Sox needed less than 12 minutes to win the game in walk-off fashion when Brock Holt drove in the game-winning run with a walkoff single into the left field corner.

Let's go inside the numbers on a truly bizarre afternoon at Fenway Park.

21,018 — The length of the rain delay in minutes between the start of the game on August 7 and the start of the 10th inning on Thursday, according to the Globe's Alex Speier.

695 — Total length of Thursday's action in seconds. Chris Owings scored the game-winning run only 11 minutes and 35 seconds after the first pitch.

16,441 — Fans in attendance Thursday. The Red Sox offered free tickets to children, while adults got in with a suggested $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund.

369 — Mileage flown by the Royals from Baltimore to Boston for Thursday's one inning of action. (Kansas City plays in Cleveland tomorrow, while the Red Sox start a series in San Diego.)

22 — Total pitches thrown on Thursday.

7 — Total batters in the 10th inning.

6 — Total amount of substitutions used by the Royals and Red Sox in the 10th inning, including replacing players who were on the roster earlier this month but aren't on their team anymore (Billy Hamilton is now on the Braves).

3:48 — Official time of the game, adding to the Red Sox' MLB-leading average, despite Thursday's action lasting less than 12 minutes.

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Red Sox-Royals live stream: How to watch unique afternoon of baseball

Red Sox-Royals live stream: How to watch unique afternoon of baseball

Who's ready for some sudden-death baseball?

That's essentially what will take place at Fenway Park on Thursday afternoon, as the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals will resume their Aug. 7 game that was suspended due to rain in the top of the 10th inning.

At 1:05 p.m. ET, the game begins right where it left off back on Aug. 7: nobody on, nobody out and a 2-1 count to Royals batter Meibrys Viloria in a 4-4 game.

A few notes on the quirky contest, which could end in a matter of minutes if the Red Sox score in the bottom of the 10th inning:

-- Josh Taylor was pitching to Viloria on Aug. 7, but the Sox obviously can replace him with a new pitcher to "start" the suspended game. They can't pitch Eduardo Rodriguez, Darwinzon Hernandez, Nathan Eovaldi or Brandon Workman, though, as those hurlers appeared in the Aug. 7 game.

-- No National Anthem will be played, and no member of the Kansas City media is covering the game, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford.

-- The Red Sox are making admission free for kids 18 years old or younger, and general admission is just $5.

Here's how to watch the resumed contest, which could take minutes or hours:

When: Thursday, Aug. 22 at 1:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: NESN
Live stream: MLB.TV

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