QUESTION: After beating the 102-60 Indians, the Yankees will try to get past the 101-61 Astros in the AL Championship Series. How many teams have won a pennant by defeating two 100-win teams in the playoffs?


ANSWER: Two. In 1998, the Padres knocked off Houston (102-60) in the NLDS and Atlanta (106-56) in the NLCS before losing the World Series to the Yankees. Three years later, the Yankees topped Oakland (102-60) in the ALDS and Seattle (116-46) in the ALCS, then lost the World Series to Arizona.

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