The MLB postseason is the most exciting time of the year for every baseball fan. It’s fascinating because hyped teams from the AL and NL finally clash in a bid to make it to the World Series. But there are always outliers and freak outcomes during the Wild Card round and later stages of the playoffs.
This is partly what makes the MLB postseason so interesting and exciting. Yet not every team that went into the postseason with excitement and hype lived up to that billing. So today we took a look at some hyped teams that failed to live up to expectations. These teams crashed out when fans thought that they had a chance of going all the way. Check out the list below via Bleacher Report.
25. New York Yankees (2021)
Yankees fans have some of the highest expectations in MLB. They’re easily one the most recognizable franchise in the sport but this hasn’t translated into success over the past 12 years. After a frustrating 92-70 season, they entered the Wild Card round of the postseason. The Bronx Bombers met the Boston Red Sox in a highly-anticipated game and were favorites to win (via SBNation).
But they flopped and lost 6-2 on a humiliating performance. A number of factors contributed to their defeat. First, Gerrit Cole was atrocious as he gave up three runs and two home runs. Meanwhile, they went through periods of no-hitting which didn’t help them in their pursuit of glory. It was a rough end to a bad season. Meanwhile, their fans were disappointed after another hyped team crashed out.