The Texas Rangers have a 5.5-game lead in the American League West with a 70-50 record. Unless we see a monumental collapse in these last six weeks of the season, the Rangers should be making their third straight postseason appearance in 2012.
It has been well documented that last season, Texas became the 10th team in major league history to lose back-to-back World Series.
As the Rangers try to get back to the Fall Classic and win that elusive title, it’s interesting to note how the other nine teams did that third season after consecutive World Series defeats. Of the nine, three made it to the World Series in the third year after two consecutive losses. In addition, of the previous nine prior to the Rangers, seven had a winning record in the season after their two World Series losses.
The following is a summary of how well the teams that lost two consecutive World Series did in that third year after their previous two title losses:
Detroit Tigers, 1907, 1908, (1909)
The Tigers got back to the World Series for a third straight season in 1909, after consecutive losses in ’07 and ’08. They had a 98-54-6 record (.645 winning percentage) in 1909. They became the first team to lose three consecutive World Series when they lost in seven games to Pittsburgh.
The Tigers' streak of consecutive World Series appearances ended in 1910 when they finished third in the American League race.
New York Giants, 1911, 1912, (1913)
The Giants became the second team to lose three straight World Series when they lost in 1911, 1912 and 1913. They were 101-51-4 (.664 winning percentage) in ’13 and lost four games to one to the Philadelphia A’s in the series.
A second-place finish in the National League in 1914 ended their World Series streak at three straight appearances.
How will the 2012 season end for the Rangers?
New York Yankees, 1921, 1922
In 1923, the Yankees became the only team in MLB history to win a World Series after losing two straight the previous two years. The Yanks were 98-54 (.645 winning percentage) in 1923. They defeated the New York Giants in the ’23 World Series 4-2.
New York Giants, 1923, 1924
The Giants went 86-66 (.566 winning percentage) in 1925, finishing second in the NL race. They did not make it back to the World Series until 1933, when they won the championship.
New York Giants, 1936, 1937
This is the third time this franchise lost two consecutive World Series. In 1938 they finished third in the NL with a 83-67-2 record (.553 winning percentage). It would not be until 1951 that the Giants made it back to the World Series — a series they lost to the Yankees.
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1952, 1953
After World Series defeats in ’52 and ’53, the Dodgers finished in second place in the NL in 1954 with a 96-62 record (.597 winning percentage). The Dodgers got back to the series in 1955 and won their first-ever title by beating the Yankees 4-3.
New York Yankees, 1963, 1964
The Yankees won only 77 of 162 games in 1965 (.475 winning percentage) and finished in sixth place in the AL after a pair of World Series appearances. The Yankees went on to have losing seasons in four of their next five seasons and did not return to the Fall Classic until 1976, when they were swept by the Cincinnati Reds.
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1977, 1978
After losing consecutive World Series to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978, the Dodgers went 79-83 the next season, taking third place in the NL West. The franchise made it back to the World Series in 1981, defeating the Yankees 4-2.
Atlanta Braves, 1991, 1992
After losing in the World Series in ’91 and ’92, the Braves went 104-58 in 1993 (.642 winning percentage which, ironically, was a better record than their two previous World Series season records). They lost to the Phillies in the 1993 NL Championship series.
The Braves made it back to the World Series in 1995, winning the title that year. From 1991 to 1996, the Braves played in four World Series.
Texas Rangers, 2010, 2011
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