15. 1989 Oakland Athletics (99-63, Won World Series over Giants 4-0)
The Oakland Athletics in 1989 were loaded with stars from Rickey Henderson to Dave Parker and Mark McGwire to Jose Conseco. On the mound the A’s relied on Dave Stewart, Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley.
The A’s won 99 games and owned an ERA of just 3.09 as a team. While other A’s teams were great, the 1989 team was the best of the group and swept the Giants in the World Series.
McGwire belted 33 home runs, while Henderson swiped 52 bases and the team as a whole stole 157 bases. The pitching staff finished 4th in strikeouts and allowed the fewest earned runs in the league.
14. 1969 New York Mets (100-62, Won World Series over the Orioles 4-1)
In 1969, the Mets won 100 games with the team built around a strong pitching staff. That season, the Mets featured 24-year old Tom Seaver who was 25-7 with an ERA of 2.21 and 200 Ks. Gary Gentry and Jerry Koosman finished with career seasons.
New York owned the NL’s second lowest ERA and its bullpen was dominating. If Seaver, Koosman and Gentry were not enough, the Mets had youngster Nolan Ryan at 22 on the team.
13. 1995 Atlanta Braves (90-54, Won World Series over Indians 4-2)
From 1995 to 2000, the Atlanta Braves were special. The pitching rotation during those years was one every manager dreamed of. The Braves had Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine with all at the peaks of their careers.
Maddux in 1995 was 19-2 with an ERA of 1.63 with 181 strikeouts. Both Smoltz and Glavine finished with ERAs of less than 3.50 and double-digit victories.
If the Braves did not beat you through pitching, the batting order would with Javy Lopez and Ryan Klesko who finished the season with an OPS of 1.004. Add future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and power hitting Fred McGriff and the Braves hitters were lethal weapons. The Braves were 11-3 during the postseason that year with a World Series win.
12. 2004 Boston Red Sox (98-64, Won World Series over Cardinals 4-0)
This group of players in 2004 was a special one for the Red Sox nation. With 98 wins, the Red Sox finished second to the Yankees in the American League East, but the Red Sox would not say quit. Not only did the Red Sox set a MLB record overcoming a 3-0 series deficit to the Yankees but they went on to break the curse of the Bambino by winning the Fall Classic.
Manny Ramirez and DH David Ortiz were the best 3-4 hitters in all of baseball during that season and beyond. The Red Sox as a team averaged .282 at the plate and scored 949 runs, with both being the top in the AL.
On the hill, the Red Sox were paced by future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and likely soon-to-be Hall of Famer Curt Schilling. Both Martinez and Schilling finished with more than 200 Ks and things did not get any easier further down the rotation with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and sinker baller Derek Lowe.