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2011 MLB Playoffs: 10 Greatest Teams to Fall Just Short of World Series Berth
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After all the hype, after all the hoopla, after all the predictions from fans and analysts alike picking the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies as favorites not to just get into the World Series but to win it, something happened on their way to the championship. 

Not only did the Phillies not win the World Series, they won’t even be competing in it.

The Phillies were eliminated in a stunning upset by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, the very first round of the playoffs.

How could this happen?  They were the best team in baseball this season finishing with a league-leading 102-60 regular season record.   Shouldn't the best team in baseball always make it to the World Series?  Well, apparently not. 

In fact, since 1995, the team with the best record has only won the World Series twice.  And guess how many times the team with the worst record that still makes the playoffs has won the World Series?  Yep, twice. 

So at least the Phillies are in some pretty good company as we count down the 10 best teams that never made it to the World Series.  But Phillies fans, be forewarned, it won’t make you feel any better.

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