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[edit] Summary

The previous three American League teams to win the World Series all made the playoffs in 2005; the Red Sox (2004), the Angels (2002), and the Yankees (2000). Joining them was the White Sox, the league's leader with 99 regular season wins. Though the Yankees and Red Sox were the favorites, the White Sox came out on top. Chicago cruised to its first World Series since 1959, behind four consecutive complete games.

The National League playoffs included a few familiar faces, the Braves, Astros, and Cardinals, as well as the Padres. Some of baseball's best pitchers were present, including Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, John Smoltz, Chris Carpenter, and Jake Peavy. The Astros prevailed thanks to an 18th inning home run from Chris Burke and a couple of dazzling NLCS performances by Oswalt.

The postseason concluded with the White Sox bringing the city of Chicago its first World Series title since 1917.

[edit] Series Summaries

[edit] American League

[edit] ALDS:

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[edit] ALCS:

Main article: 2005 ALCS

[edit] National League

[edit] NLDS:

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[edit] NLCS:

Main article: 2005 NLCS

[edit] World Series:

Main article: 2005 World Series

[edit] NL Team Stats

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Cardinals 100-62 Tony LaRussa .270 170 805 3.49 1.27 634
Braves 90-72 Bobby Cox .265 184 769 3.98 1.39 674
Padres 82-80 Bruce Bochy .257 130 684 4.13 1.34 726
Astros 89-73 Phil Garner .256 161 693 3.51 1.23 609

[edit] AL Team Stats

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
White Sox 99-63 Ozzie Guillen .262 200 741 3.61 1.25 645
Angels 95-67 Mike Scioscia .270 147 761 3.68 1.27 643
Yankees 95-67 Joe Torre .276 229 886 4.52 1.37 789
Red Sox 95-67 Terry Francona .281 199 910 4.74 1.39 805
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