2012 NL East Odds at Allpro. Here's a trivia question that will stump even the smartest self proclaimed baseball experts: Which team has won the most World Series titles from the National League East since 1995. When you think about it, some of the heavy hitters of the last couple of decades have been in the AL East, namely Bobby Cox's Atlanta Brave teams and the recent Philadelphia Phillies World Series teams. If you picked either of those teams, though, you would be wrong. Ditto with the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals (or as you formally knew them, the Montreal Expos). No, the team with the most trophies in the past 16 seasons is none other then the Florida Marlins. That's right, the Florida Marlins.
Baseball fans forget that the Marlins came out of nowhere not once but twice to win the World Series in 1997 and 2003. Both times as a Wild Card and both times completely under the radar. 1997 was supposed to be the year that the Cleveland Indians finally won the series. Thanks to the Marlins, though, they still don't have one. And who can forget 2003, where the Marlins came from behind 3-1 in the NLCS to take out the lowly Chicago Cubs, once against breaking the heart of Cub fans the world over. They would follow that up with a shocking defeat of the Yankees in five games. The Marlins have never won the AL East, winning the World Series on their only two trips to the playoffs.
In fact, since the 1995 addition of a Wild Card, only two teams have won Division Titles. The Atlanta Braves won every division title from 1995 to 2006 (they won the Wild Card in 2010), while the Philadelphia Phillies have won each title since. Both the Braves and the Phillies have won World Series as well. The Braves won theirs in 1995, while the Phillies were crowned champs in 2008. The Braves lost twice in the World Series, both times to the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1999. The Phillies lost their bid to repeat as Champs, also losing to the Yankees in 2009. The only other team to make it to the World Series from the NL East is the Mets, who, shock, also lost to the Yankees in 2000.
2012 Major League Baseball NL East Odds
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