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Surprising World Series teams

Since 1903, when the first World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Americans (changed to Red Sox in 1908), there have been teams reaching the Fall Classic which have surprised and often shocked their loyal followers.

At the conclusion of games played on May 23, 2019, the Washington Nationals were in fourth place in the Eastern Division of the National League with a disappointing 19-31 won-lost record, 10 games behind the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

Since arriving in the nation’s capital from Montreal, Canada, prior to the 2005 season, the Nationals have had seven consecutive winning seasons since 2012, in addition to four playoff appearances.

After slumping in 2018 to an 82-80 record, coupled with losing star outfielder Bryce Harper as a free agent to the Phillies, expectations for 2019 were not high, either among their fans or baseball pundits.

However, backed by starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, coupled wi...

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