World Series primer: Cards still have NL lead in championships | Cardinal Beat

The Cardinals, absent from the World Series since 2013, still have the most Series championships won by a National League team at 11 and are tied for the lead with the New York/San Francisco Giants in total World Series games won at 58. Neither of those marks will be threatened in the next couple of weeks.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to play in their 19th World Series, which would tie them with the Cardinals and put them one behind the Giants in the National League but their World Series won-lost record in games is only 45-60. A lot of that has to do with the Brooklyn Dodgers losing six Series (winning one) against the Yankees from 1941-56).

The Cardinals are the only National League team with more than one World Series appearance against the Yankees to have a winning record against the Bronx Bombers, capturing three of their five Series meetings, the last coming in 1964. The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers are 3-8 against the Yankees, with the Yankees winning 37 games to the Dodgers’ 29 in those 11 matchups.

Those 66 World Series meetings between those prospective World Series opponents this year are three more than the total World Series games played by the other possible Series contestants, the Chicago Cubs (59) and Houston (four). The Astros’ only World Series appearance was a whitewash by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

The Cubs are the first National League team to appear in three straight National League championship series since. . . well, the 2011-14 Cardinals appeared in four, winning two.

The Yankees have won the most World Series at 27, which is a number that is 18 more than the other three contenders _ Los Angeles (six), the Cubs (three) and Houston (none). The Yankees also have lost the most Series at 13. The Dodgers would tie them for the latter mark if they got into…

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