The Year of Tanking arrange of incited into a Year of a Mediocre Wild Card Teams. All 4 furious cards won fewer than 90 games and a 4 teams collectively won 352, a lowest sum total in a five-year story of a dual wild-card era.
That, however, doesn’t meant one of these teams won’t make sound in a postseason. The 2014 World Series was an all-wild-card event between a 89-win Royals and 88-win Giants. While those were a usually furious cards to strech a World Series given 2012, in a one-team wild-card era, 7 furious cards reached a World Series between 2002 and 2011 — with a 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox and 2011 Cardinals winning it all.
Some of them had high win totals — a 2002 Angels won 99 games and a 2004 Red Sox won 98, for instance — though a 2003 Marlins won only 91 games, a 2011 Cardinals and 2007 Rockies won 90 and a 2005 Astros won 89. I’d call these sneaky-good teams. One thing they all did during their World Series seasons was to have spurts of dominance; they didn’t only slave along during dual or 3 games over .500 any month.