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Marlins continue to be perfect

NEW YORK -- Start spreading the news. It's time for yet another edition of our World Series Useless Information Department:

  • By winning this World Series, the Marlins become the only team ever to win the Series in 100 percent of its winning seasons in franchise history.

    Granted that's only two for two. But it's still tough to do. Consider the best and worst percentages of all the other active franchises, courtesy of loyal reader David Hallstrom:

    Top five
    Yankees 26 of 80, 32.5 percent*
    Diamondbacks 1 of 5, 20 percent
    A's 9 of 46, 19.6 percent
    Cardinals 9 of 64, 14.1 percent
    Blue Jays 2 of 15, 13.3 percent
    (* -- includes this year.)

    Bottom five
    Astros 0 of 22, 0 percent
    Expos 0 of 16, 0 percent
    Senators-Rangers 0 of 14, 0 percent
    Padres 0 of 12, 0 percent
    Pilots-Brewers 0 of 11, 0 percent

  • By winning this World Series, the Marlins now own as many World Series titles as ...

    The Cubs -- in 49 winning seasons.
    The Indians -- in 53 winning seasons.
    The White Sox -- in 56 winning seasons.
    The Mets -- in 19 winning seasons.

  • It also gives Florida more World Series titles than ...

    The Phillies (1) -- in 36 winning seasons.
    The Royals (1) -- in 18 winning seasons.
    The Angels (1) -- in 17 winning seasons.

  • Then again, just to get to the World Series in 100 percent of their winning seasons is tough to do. Here is how the other franchises rank in that department:

    Top five
    Yankees 39 of 80, 48.75 percent
    A's 14 of 46, 30.4 percent
    Dodgers 18 of 62, 29.0 percent
    Cardinals 15 of 64, 23.4 percent
    Giants 17 of 75, 22.7 percent

    Bottom five (Excluding teams with no World Series appearances)
    Angels 1 of 17, 5.9 percent
    White Sox 4 of 56, 7.1 percent
    Brewers 1 of 11, 9.1 percent
    Indians 5 for 53, 9.4 percent
    Royals 2 of 18, 11.1 percent

  • The Yankees have had 14 seasons in which they won at least 100 games. The Marlins have had none.

  • Finally, how incredible is it that this team has won two World Series, even though only one of the other 29 franchises has had fewer winning seasons than the Fish have? That, of course, would be the Devil Rays, who have had zero. The Rockies -- who started life in the same season as Florida (1993) -- have had four. And the Diamondbacks -- who arrived five years later -- have had five.

    Useless three days' rest information

  • Josh Beckett was the 12th such pitcher to start a postseason game against the Joe Torre Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Here, for your reading pleasure, are every darned one of them:

    Game 2, 2003 WS, Mark Redman (Yankees 6, Marlins 1)
    2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, LOSS

    Game 4, 2002 ALDS, Jarrod Washburn (Angels 9, Yankees 5)
    5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, WIN

    Game 1, 2001 ALCS, Aaron Sele (Yankees 4, Mariners 2)
    6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, LOSS

    Game 2, 2001 ALCS, Freddy Garcia (Yankees 3, Mariners 2)
    7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, LOSS

    Game 4, 2001 WS, Curt Schilling (Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3)
    7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, NO-DECISION

    Game 7, 2001 WS, Curt Schilling (Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2)
    7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, NO-DECISION

    Game 1, 1999 ALCS, Kent Mercker (Yankees 4, Red Sox 3)
    4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, NO-DECISION

    Game 1, 1998 WS, Kevin Brown (Yankees 3, Padres 0)
    8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, LOSS

    Game 5, 1997 ALDS, Jaret Wright (Indians 4, Yankees 3)
    5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, WIN

    Game 5, 1996 ALDS, Scott Erickson (Yankees 6, Orioles 4)
    5IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, LOSS

    Game 5, 1996 WS, John Smoltz (Yankees 1, Braves 0)
    8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, LOSS

    So the grand totals: 11 starts, 2-6, three no-decisions, 3.18 ERA, six IP per start. And the Yankees' record in those games: 8-3.

  • And what can you deduce from that record of pitchers on short rest against the Yankees? Surprisingly, those pitchers have actually fared better against the Yankees than they have in general in the postseason.

    Since 1999, heading into Beckett's start in Game 6, pitchers had made 37 postseason starts on short rest. They'd gone 6-20, with a 5.93 ERA. And their teams had gone 10-27 in those games. Here are the pitchers whose teams won in those starts, courtesy of Elias.

    Pitchers who got the win
    Shane Reynolds, Astros, vs. Atlanta, Game 1, 1999 NLDS
    Jamie Moyer, Mariners, vs. Indians, Game 5 , 2001 ALDS
    John Lackey, Angels. vs. Giants, Game 7, 2002 WS
    Jarrod Washburn, Angels vs. Yankees, Game 4, 2002 ALDS
    Russ Ortiz, Braves, vs. Cubs, Game 4, 2003 NLDS
    Andy Pettitte, Yankees, vs. Marlins, Game 2, 2003 WS

    Pitchers whose teams won their no-decision
    Bret Saberhagen, Red Sox, vs. Indians, Game 5, 1999 ALDS
    Andy Pettitte, Yankees, vs. A's, Game 5, 2000 ALDS
    Curt Schilling, Diamondbacks, vs. Yankees, Game 7, 2001 WS
    Mike Hampton, Braves, vs. Cubs, Game 2, 2003 NLDS

    Still more useless info

  • The Marlins were winning this Series, even though they'd been outscored, 21-15, heading into Game 6. But you'd be surprised how often that happens. Here are the last five teams to win a World Series despite being outscored by their opponents:

    2002 Angels (outscored by Giants, 44-41)
    1997 Marlins (outscored by Indians, 44-37)
    1996 Yankees (outscored by Braves, 26-19)
    1992 Blue Jays (outscored by Braves, 20-17)
    1991 Twins (outscored by Braves, 29-24)

  • Amazingly, this was the Yankees' 22nd postseason series since the last time they were eliminated in a series in Yankee Stadium. But it has happened -- six times. Here are the teams that eliminated them in Yankee Stadium, courtesy of David Hallstrom:

    1981 Dodgers (Game 6)
    1976 Reds (Game 4)
    1957 Braves (Game 7)
    1955 Dodgers (Game 7)
    1942 Cardinals (Game 5)
    1926 Cardinals (Game 7)

  • On the other hand, the Yankees have won the World Series at home nine times, against these teams:

    1999 Braves (Game 4)
    1996 Braves (Game 6)
    1977 Dodgers (Game 6)
    1953 Dodgers (Game 6)
    1951 Giants (Game 6)
    1950 Phillies (Game 4)
    1947 Dodgers (Game 7)
    1938 Cubs (Game 4)
    1927 Pirates (Game 4)

    One thing that means, incidentally, is that the Yankees have won Game 7 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium only one time. They've lost Game 7 at The Stadium three times. Hard to believe.

  • Before this postseason, Andy Pettitte had started three postseason games when the Yankees were trailing in a series. Here is how he did in those starts:

    Game 2, 2001 ALDS, in NY, Yankees trailing A's, 1 game to 0.
    6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2-0 loss

    Game 2, 2000 ALDS, in Oakland, Yankees trailing A's, 1 game to 0
    7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4-0 win

    Game 2, 1996 ALDS, in NY, Yankees trailing Rangers, 1 games to 0.
    6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, ND in 5-4 Yankees win.

    So counting his three wins this year before Game 6, the Yankees were 6-0. And Pettitte's record was 5-0 in those games.

  • But Pettitte had also started just two previous games in which the Yankees had a chance to be eliminated -- both in Game 5 of an ALDS -- and failed to win either. He got a no-decision in Game 5 of the 2000 ALDS, which the Yankees won, and lost an elimination game in Game 5 of the 1997 ALDS against Cleveland.

  • And as the Newark Star-Ledgers' Dan Graziano reports, Pettitte hasn't been as good when he has had to start against the same team twice in a postseason series. Before Saturday, he had done that five times in the past four Octobers. In his first start in those five series, he went 3-1, with a 2.50 ERA. In his second start, he went 1-1, with a 6.75 ERA. The Yankees went 3-2 in those five starts.

  • This is the postseason of the pinch triple. The Cubs hit two in one game in the NLCS. And in Game 4, Ruben Sierra added his name to the World Series pinch-triple list.

    Loyal reader Doug Greenwald reports that Sierra was the first player to hit a pinch triple in the World Series since Candy Maldonado of the Giants in 1989 -- and the first American Leaguer since Lynn Jones of the Royals in 1985.

  • And since we never get tired of Alex Gonzalez extra-inning homer notes, here come two more:

    Gonzalez was the sixth National Leaguer to hit an extra-inning home run in the World Series. The other five, courtesy of Hank Greenwald: Hank Gowdy (1914), Mel Ott (1933), Dusty Rhodes (1954), Eddie Matthews (1957), and, Tim McCarver (1964).

    Gonzalez also became only the fifth player in postseason history to hit a game-ending home run in the 12th inning or later. The others, courtesy of the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR's David Vincent:

    Carlton Fisk, Red Sox, 1975 WS, 12th
    Tony Pena, Indians, 1995 ALDS, 13th
    Jim Leyritz, Yankees, 1995 ALDS, 15th
    Benny Agbayani, Mets, 2000 NLDS, 13th

  • Brad Penny's two RBI in Game 5 made him the first pitcher to have as many wins as RBI in a World Series (two) since Chad Ogea, of the 1997 Indians (also two), according to Doug Greenwald.

  • And one more from Doug Greenwald: Jason Giambi's pinch-hit homer in Game 5 was the first by a purely left-handed American Leaguer since the great Bernardo Carbo's immortal game-tying pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning of Game 6 in 1975. The switch-hitting Chili Davis did hit one while batting left-handed in the 1991 World Series, for the Twins.

  • At some point in each of the past three World Series the Yankees have played in, Joe Torre has tried Derek Jeter as his leadoff man. Going into Game 6, he was hitting .348 (8 for 23) out of the leadoff hole in five games, with six runs scored and an unforgettable home run on the first pitch of Game 4 of the 2000 World Series.

  • Miguel Cabrera and Hideki Matsui both batted cleanup in Game 6, for the second straight game. Before that, according to Elias, there had never been a game in World Series history in which both teams started a rookie in the cleanup hole. That's 582 straight games, if you'd lost count.

  • Finally, loyal reader Michael Mavrogianannis reports that Jeff Weaver's appearance in Game 4 of this Series did more than lose the game for the Yankees. It also allowed the 2002 Tigers to tie the post-1900 record for most members of a team that lost 100 games to play in the postseason the following year (six).

    The Tigers (52-109) alumni club in this postseason: Robert Fick (Braves), Damian Jackson (Red Sox), Mark Redman (Marlins), Randall Simon (Cubs), Steve Sparks (Athletics), Jeff Weaver (Yankees).

    The other two 100-game losers that could make that claim:

    1998 Marlins (54-108) Bobby Bonilla, Mike Piazza (Mets); Brian Daubach (Red Sox); Matt Mantei (Diamondbacks); Jay Powell (Astros); Todd Zeile (Rangers).

    1996 Tigers (53-109) Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima (1997 Astros); Danny Bautista (Braves); Chad Curtis, Cecil Fielder (Yankees); Mark Lewis (Giants).

    The all-time record is held by the great 1889 Louisville Colonels (27-111). Seven players returned the next year to play on a Louisville team that made the turnaround of the century (uh, the 19th century) and played in the last of the "World Series" between the National League and old American Association. That series was called, fittingly, after six games, with the teams tied at three wins apiece.

  • This is also the fourth time since 1961 that each World Series team featured an alum from a 100-game loser the previous year. The others:

    1962 World Series -- Bud Daley, Yankees, and Don Larsen, Giants (1961 A's).
    1955 World Series -- Frank Kellert, Dodgers; Don Larsen and Bob Turley, Yankees (1954 Orioles).
    1943 World Series -- Nick Etten, Yankees, and Danny Litwhiler, Cardinals (1942 Phillies).

    Jayson Stark is a senior writer at ESPN.com