An 88-74 record isn’t the most impressive on this list, but the Tigers carried a lot of momentum in the 2012 postseason. Their run was dramatic for both good and bad reasons. After making it into the ALDS, they overcame Oakland in a hard-fought series. Immediately, MLB fans praised the Tigers for their fortitude and hyped up their chances of going all the way.
Then, they swept the Yankees in the Championship Series (via The Guardian). It appeared as though they had exploded into life at the perfect moment but this wasn’t the case. The San Francisco Giants destroyed the Tigers in the World Series as their hope of glory fizzled out. They had a great chance of winning and carried a lot of media attention into the finals but they couldn’t live up to it.
The 2017 World Series winners came into the new season as the team to beat. Now that everybody knows that they cheated, it’s a wonder they didn’t secure back-to-back titles. However, the heavy favorites still had an impressive regular season. They went 103-59 as they secured successive hundred-win seasons for the first time in franchise history (via SBNation). No wonder fans hyped them up so much.
After winning the AL West they cruised past the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. Next up was a meeting with the Boston Red Sox. However, this series didn’t go to plan for the Astros. Somehow, they managed to fall short and lost across five games. It was a miserable ending to their year because they should have made it to the World Series again. Looking back, it’s a wonder they failed.
The Cubs love to say ‘This is the season.’ But it usually isn’t the season. This was the case again in 2008 because they definitely didn’t win the World Series. The trouble with this franchise is that they court expectations. Their hyped teams find themselves in tricky situations because they drive their fans into a frenzy. Then, when they inevitably flop, their fans’ passion reflects back onto them.
After a 97-64 season, the Cubs faced the Dodgers in the NLDS. They had the likes of Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano, and Derek Lee on their roster. Meanwhile, they had the best record in the entire National League (via Fansided). They believed that this was finally their season but it wasn’t. They capitulated against the Dodgers as the West Coasters swept them across the series.