17. 1972 Oakland Athletics (93-62, Won World Series over Reds 4-3)
Oakland won another World Series in 1972 after winning 93 games during the regular season under manager Dick Williams. The A’s defeated the Reds in seven games in the Fall Classic. During the season, Oakland was first in home runs in the AL and that power is what the A’s used to win their games.
However, it was the pitching staff that separated this team from others. Each of the five starters was under 3.00 in ERA led by Catfish Hunter with an ERA of 2.04. The other notables in the starting rotation included Blue Moon Odom and Ken Holtzman.
Rollie Fingers with his handle-bar mustache was the closer helping the pitching staff finish in the top three or better for the AL in each of the pitching categories.
16. 2018 Boston Red Sox (108-54, Won World Series over Dodgers 4-1)
While this team just won the World Series last October, they are deserving of being on this list of top 20 teams of all-time. The Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season and ran through the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the postseason to win the Fall Classic.
Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi were the offensive leaders but the team defense around the infield, behind the plate and roaming the outfield were sights to behind. David Price returned to form for Boston, while Chris Sale continued to be a dominating force on the hill.
Betts won the MVP in 2018 but it was the signing of Martinez just prior to the start of the regular season that was the difference for Boston as Martinez and Betts battled all season for the best batting average and Martinez lead the team in home runs and RBIs.