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World Series Timeline (2001-15)

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2001
Arizona (NL) 4, New York (AL) 3

Co-MVPs: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling

Why the Diamondbacks won: The D-backs overcame the emotion of two crushing late-inning losses and figured out how to get to Mariano Rivera in Game 7.

Why the Yankees lost: Two postseason stalwarts, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, lost three games.

Memorable moment: President George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Game 3.

Key stat: 4. Wins by Randy Johnson (3) and Curt Schilling (1), who were co-MVPs.


2002
Anaheim (AL) 4, San Francisco (NL) 3

MVP: Troy Glaus

Why the Angels won: The Rally Monkey? No, it was because it hit .310 in the series.

Why the Giants lost: With a title in reach, the Giants couldn't hold 5-0, eighth-inning lead in Game 6.

Memorable moment: J.T. Snow pulling 3-year-old batboy Darren Baker out of harm's way on a play at the plate in Game 5.

Key stat: .385. Series MVP Troy Glaus' batting average. He also had three homers and eight RBIs.


2003
Florida (NL) 4, New York (AL) 2

MVP: Josh Beckett

Why the Marlins won: Josh Beckett, the Series MVP, and Brad Penny allowed only five earned runs in 28.2 innings of four starts.

Why the Yankees lost: The Yankees outhit the Marlins 54-47 but could not convert often enough.

Memorable moment: Beckett and the Marlins celebrating in a hushed Yankee Stadium after Game 6.

Key stat: 3. Number of days' rest for the 23-year-old Beckett heading into his Game 6 start.


2004
Boston (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 0

MVP: Manny Ramirez

Why the Red Sox won: Pick a reason. The Sox hit .283 and their pitchers limited the Cardinals to a .190 average.

Why the Cardinals lost: The Cardinals could not get off to a good start. They were outscored 8-0 in the first inning.

Memorable moment: The final out, when Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug Mientkiewicz to end the curse.

Key stat: 86. Years since the Boston Red Sox had won the World Series.


2005
Chicago (AL) 4, Houston (NL) 0

MVP: Jermaine Dye

Why the White Sox won: The pitching staff that was dominant in the first two playoff series posted a 2.63 ERA in the World Series.

Why the Astros lost: The bullpen struggled and was charged with all four losses -- closer Brad Lidge had two.

Memorable moment: Geoff Blum's homer in the 14th inning of Game 3, in which 482 pitches were thrown by 17 pitchers.

Key stat: 1. The number of at-bats by Blum in the Series. Also the number of homers and hits by Blum.


2006
St. Louis (NL) 4, Detroit (AL) 1

MVP: David Eckstein

Why the Cardinals won: The little big man, David Eckstein, hit .364 and was the Series MVP.

Why the Tigers lost: The Tigers never got their offense going. Detroit hit .199 in the Series and struck out 37 times against eight walks.

Memorable moment: Kenny Rogers' pine-tar-on-the-hat controversy in Game 2.

Key stat: .200. Albert Pujols' batting average in the Series. No matter, St. Louis still won.


2007
Boston (AL) 4, Colorado (NL) 0

MVP: Mike Lowell

Why the Red Sox won: The Red Sox scored double digits twice and hit .333 for the series.

Why the Rockies lost: The Rockies, winners of 21 of 22, couldn't keep the momentum they had coming into the Series. A 13-1 loss in the opener will do that.

Memorable moment: Dustin Pedroia led off Game 1 with a homer, only the second-ever Series-opening home run.

Key stat: 8. The amount of days the Rockies had off between the NLCS and World Series.


2008
Philadelphia (NL) 4, Tampa Bay (AL) 1

MVP: Cole Hamels

Why the Phillies won: The Phillies rode the remarkable playoffs of Series MVP Cole Hamels, who finished off a 5-0 postseason.

Why the Rays lost: The Rays couldn't stop the Phillies early. In the four Tampa losses, the Phillies scored in the first inning.

Memorable moment: Game 5 was suspended on a Monday and didn't resume until Wednesday.

Key stat: 1. Total hits by the Rays' Evan Longoria in 20 at-bats in the Series.


2009
New York (AL) 4, Philadelphia (NL) 2

MVP: Hideki Matsui

Why the Yankees won: Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter could not be stopped. Matsui, the MVP, hit .615 and Jeter batted .407.

Why the Phillies lost: Aside from two solid starts by Cliff Lee, the Phillies' pitchers struggled to a 5.37 ERA.

Memorable moment: Alex Rodriguez's Game 3 homer, his first World Series hit, was reviewed. It was the first-ever postseason replay review.

Key stat: 6. Years between World Series Game 6s. No Series had gone that far since 2003.


2010
San Francisco (NL) 4, Texas (AL) 1

MVP: Edgar Renteria

Why the Giants won: Well, of course, the pitching, with the group posting a 2.45 ERA. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner gave up five earned runs in 22 innings.

Why the Rangers lost: Because Cliff Lee and company couldn't stop the typically light-hitting Giants, who scored 20 runs and banged out 22 hits in the first two games.

Memorable moment: Brian Wilson's beard, which appeared in three of the Giants' victories.

Key stat: .412. The batting average for Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who had six RBIs and two homers.


2011
St. Louis (NL) 4, Texas (AL) 3

MVP: David Freese

Why the Cardinals won: Tony La Russa's Game 5 bullpen phone mishap nearly cost them the series, but they won behind clutch hitting from David Freese, Lance Berkman, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina.

Why the Rangers lost: In Game 6, they were one strike from winning the Series twice and had leads in both the ninth and 10th innings, but couldn't put the Cardinals away.

Memorable moment: Freese's walk-off home run in the 11th to win Game 6, one of the greatest games ever.

Key stat: 14. The record number of total bases for Albert Pujols in Game 3, when he hit three HRs and had five hits and six RBIs.


2012
San Francisco (NL) 4, Detroit (AL) 0

MVP: Pablo Sandoval

Why the Giants won: Their starting pitching dominated the Tigers, with Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong combining to yield one earned run over the first three games.

Why the Tigers lost: They failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities, and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder went a combined 4-for-27 (.148) over the four games.

Memorable moment: In Game 1, Pablo Sandoval hit home runs in his first three World Series at-bats and had an opportunity for a record fourth. He singled instead.

Key stat: 29. The number of consecutive innings that the Giants led in the Series before the Tigers took the lead in the third inning of Game 4.


2013
Boston (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 2

MVP: David Ortiz

Why the Red Sox won: David Ortiz turned in one of the greatest offensive performances in Series history, and Jon Lester dominated in his two starts.

Why the Cardinals lost: The St. Louis offense failed to produce over the final three games, scoring only four runs and going 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position.

Memorable moment: In one of the most unusual endings in Series history, the Cardinals won Game 3 on an obstruction call, when Allen Craig got tangled up with Will Middlebrooks at third base.

Key stat: .760. Ortiz's on-base percentage, reaching base in 19 of 25 plate appearances, to set a new record for a six-game series.


2014
San Francisco (NL) 4, Kansas City (AL) 3

MVP: Madison Bumgarner

Why the Giants won: Too much Madison Bumgarner. The Giants' lefty held the Royals to three hits in seven innings in Game 1, tossed a complete-game shutout in Game 5, and then got the save in five innings of shutout relief in Game 7.

Why the Royals lost: Simply put, they had no answer for Bumgarner. Overall, they went 9-for-74 (.122) against him, with their only run coming on a Salvador Perez solo HR in Game 1.

Memorable moment: Bumgarner walking in from the bullpen in Game 7. When he entered the game, it was lights out for the Royals.

Key stat: 0.43. Bumgarner's Series ERA. Overall, he has a best-ever 0.25 ERA in the Fall Classic.


2015
Kansas City (AL) 4, New York (NL) 1

MVP: Salvador Perez

Why the Royals won: They were the first team to win three games in a single World Series in which they trailed in the eighth inning or later, and their bullpen was 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA.

Why the Mets lost: Closer Jeurys Familia had a World Series-record three blown saves, and their Nos. 3-4 hitters, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes, combined to hit .150 (6-for-40) with no extra-base hits and one RBI.

Memorable moment: Daniel Murphy's critical eighth-inning error in Game 4 helped the Royals rally past the Mets and go up 3-1 in the series.

Key stat: 15-1. The margin by which the Royals outscored the Mets in the seventh through 14th innings in the series.