World Series: When is a Seven Game Series Bad?


Is it possible for a seven-game World Series to be a bad series? And if so, is 2014 a bad World Series?

With the series knotted at three games a piece the winning team has scored 43 runs to just 9 runs for the losing team. That is an average game score of 7.1 to 1.5.

Five of the six games in this series were decided by five or more runs. The only game that wasn’t, was Kansas City’s 3-2 win in game three.

Going back to 1982, there have been nine seven-game World Series contests and none of them have sported a run differential like we’ve seen this year through six games. As you can see in the list below, this has been the most one sided seven-game series in recent memory. (The runs are winner vs loser by game through six games, not team vs team)

Oct 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot celebrates after defeating the San Francisco Giants during game six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

2014: Giants and Royals

  • 43-9 (+34)

2011: Cardinals over Rangers

  • 39-21 (+18)

2002: Angels over Giants

  • 51-29 (+22)

2001: Diamondbacks over Yankees

  • 37-9 (+28)

1997: Marlins over Indians

  • 49-27 (+22)

1991: Twins over Braves

  • 34-18 (+16)

1987: Twins over Cardinals

  • 43-15 (+28)

1986: Mets over Red Sox

  • 33-13 (+20)

1985: Royals over Cardinals

  • 24-6 (+18)

1982: Cardinals over Brewers

  • 47-16 (+31)

So again, I ask the question. Is it possible for a seven-game World Series to be boring? The only game in the series that was good from start to finish was game three when the Royals won 3-2.

Game one was basically over after the fourth inning, game two after the sixth, game four in the sixth, game six in the second inning. Game five managed to be good through 7 ½ innings before the Giants ran away with it.

I’m hoping for a good game in game seven. After all, it is a rematch of game three, but my hopes are incredibly low. This may just be a consequence of the fact that the Royals and Giants aren’t really the best team in either of their respective leagues. They’ve both got glaring holes and flaws, but they won so they earned their shot.

What do you think? Has this been a boring World Series? Let us know in the comments.