Why the Diamondbacks were locks for the World Series as soon as they beat the Brewers

Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Geraldo Perdomo embraces Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as they celebrate their 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7 of their NLCS at Citizens Bank Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have secured a spot in the World Series for only the second time in their franchise history. After defeating the reigning NL Champions, the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7, the Diamondbacks will face the Texas Rangers. Despite having the fewest wins (84) of any World Series team since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, few anticipated the Diamondbacks’ success. Observant baseball fans, however, could have predicted their triumph after their victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card Round.

The Milwaukee Brewers, who entered MLB in 1970 (1969 as the Seattle Pilots), have made it to the postseason only nine times. Despite their limited success, every team that has eliminated them from the playoffs has advanced to the World Series. This streak includes the 2023 Arizona Diamondbacks. Six out of the eight previous teams eventually won the World Series, with only the 2018 Dodgers and 1981 Yankees falling short.

Which of these teams felt strangest to see in the World Series?

The 84-win Diamondbacks team is undoubtedly an unexpected contender after their victory over the Brewers. However, the 2019 Nationals may be even more peculiar. They defeated the Brewers in a one-game playoff, relying on Brewers’ outfielder Trent Grisham’s crucial error that allowed them to take the lead. This occurred as star right fielder Christian Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, was injured. In addition to this stroke of luck, the Nationals’ success hinged on the relief appearance of starter Stephen Strasburg and the NL Cy Young-winning starter Max Scherzer giving up three runs in five innings. Yet, despite these odds, the Nationals reached the World Series with relative ease, sweeping the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals and eventually winning the championship in seven games against the Houston Astros. Interestingly, the World Series featured the visiting team winning every game, a rare occurrence that previously only transpired in the 2023 ALCS.

Did the Brewers ever reach the World Series?

Yes, they did in 1982 as a member of the American League when they faced the Cardinals. The Brewers held a 3-2 series lead heading into the final two games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis but ultimately lost both games, with a combined score of 19-4.

How to watch the World Series:

Game 1 of the 2023 World Series will take place on Friday, October 27, at 8:03 p.m. ET/5:03 p.m. PT at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports and can be streamed on Fox Sports Go, MLB.tv, and Fubo TV.

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