2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals and Top 5 Worst World Series Winners

Scott SewellCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2011

2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals and Top 5 Worst World Series Winners

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    The St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series title on Friday night in yet another Game 7 for a franchise with a long history of Game 7's (1987, 1985, 1982, 1968, 1967, 1964, 1946, 1934, 1931 and 1926).

    This one may have been the most improbable.

    The Cardinals weren't even expected to be in the playoffs as late as the last day of the regular season.

    They made the playoffs, beat the heavily favored Phillies in five games, division rival Brewers in six games and now the heavy-hitting Texas Rangers in seven.

    An amazing feat for a team that I consider the third-best in their division.

    This was a great run for a Cardinals team, that quite frankly just isn't that good.

    They will forever be talked about as one of the worst World Series champions of all-time, but let's take a look and see how they actually stack up against past champions.

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5. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals

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    Cardinals Lineup

    C - Yadier Molina
    1B - Albert Pujols
    2B - Skip Schumaker
    SS - Ryan Theriot
    3B - David Freese
    LF - Matt Holliday
    CF - Colby Rasmus
    RF - Lance Berkman

    Cardinals Top Pitchers

    Chris Carpenter
    Fernando Salas
    Jason Motte 


    I originally rated them at No. 3, but the presence of Pujols bumps them up a little.  It's still a very weak team that was a David Freese-strike away from being eliminated.

    Amazing job to pull it out, but sometimes the best team doesn't win and the 2011 Cardinals are proof of that.

4. 2002 Anaheim Angels

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    Angels Lineup

    C - Bengie Molina
    1B - Scott Spiezio
    2B - Adam Kennedy
    SS - David Eckstein
    3B - Troy Glaus
    LF - Garrett Anderson
    CF - Darin Erstad
    RF - Tim Salmon
    DH - Brad Fullmer

    Angels Top Pitchers

    Ramon Ortiz
    Jarrod Washburn
    Kevin Appier
    John Lackey
    Troy Percival
    Francisco Rodriguez 


    Seriously, that's a horrible lineup.  I don't see any player on that list reaching the Hall of Fame.  Some are borderline All-Stars.

    Scott Spiezio? Brad Fullmer? I know Spiezio came up with the big three-run home run late in Game 6, but overall that's a weak team.  

    Mike Scioscia and the Angels bullpen won this series.  The Giants were actually five outs from winning the series, but the Angels battled back in a dramatic Game 6 (sound familiar?) and then won Game 7. 

3. 1990 Cincinnati Reds

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    Reds Lineup

    C - Joe Oliver
    1B - Todd Benzinger
    2B - Mariano Duncan
    SS - Barry Larkin
    3B - Chris Sabo
    LF - Billy Hatcher
    CF - Eric Davis
    RF - Paul O'Neill

    Reds Top Pitchers

    Jose Rijo
    Tom Browning
    Rob Dibble
    Randy Myers
    Norm Charlton 


    As a Reds fan, this one hurts me much more than it does you, but I can't deny that this was a weak team as far as World Series champions are concerned.

    Larkin, Davis and Rijo were great players, and "The Nasty Boys" (Dibble, Myers and Charlton) were dominant, but when comparing the team to other champions, the 1990 Reds fall a little short.  Their 91 regular season wins is comparatively low and star power is lacking.

2. 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Dodgers Lineup

    C - Mike Scioscia
    1B - Franklin Stubbs
    2B - Steve Sax
    SS - Alfredo Griffin
    3B - Jeff Hamilton
    LF - Kirk Gibson
    CF - John Shelby
    RF - Mike Marshall

    Dodgers Top Pitchers

    Orel Hershiser
    Tim Leary
    Tim Belcher 


    It's surprising and perhaps telling that two of the weakest World Series winners in history defeated the Mark McGwire/Jose Canseco-led Oakland A's.

    Hershiser was one of the best pitchers of his era and 1988 was his best season.  However, this lineup is terrible.  Sax was okay, Gibson was good, Marshall mediocre.

    They put together a great run though and beat the A's in just five games.

1. 2006 St. Louis Cardinals

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    Cardinals Lineup

    C - Yadier Molina
    1B - Albert Pujols
    2B - Aaron Miles
    SS - David Eckstein
    3B - Scott Rolen
    LF - So Taguchi
    CF - Jim Edmonds
    RF - Juan Encarnacion

    Cardinals Top Pitchers

    Chris Carpenter
    Adam Wainwright
    Jason Isringhausen 


    The 2006 Cardinals won just 83 games in the regular season.  The NL Central was weak and the Cardinals took advantage of it and then rode their golden opportunity all the way to another World Series title.

    So Taguchi and Juan Encarnacion were prominently involved on this team.  Do I need to say anything more?

    Wait, one more.  World Series MVP? David Eckstein.

    OK, I'm done now.