2004 Season

Boston Completes Improbable Run

The Red Sox were down 0-3 to the Yankees in the ALCS and on the brink of elimination when they launched an eight-game winning streak that carried them to their first World Championship since 1918.  Boston finished off New York by taking the final two games at Yankee Stadium and then swept the Cardinals, who finished the regular season with the highest rating in the Dunkel Index.  The postseason run easily pushed the Red Sox into the No. 1 spot in the final Dunkel Baseball Index for 2004.  St. Louis dropped to No. 2 while Houston, which narrowly lost a seven-game series to the Cards in the NLCS, finished at No. 3.    Here are the final baseball ratings for the 2004 season.

TEAMS RATING SEASON
RECORD
PLAYOFF
RECORD
DIVISION
1 Boston 12.08 98-64 11-3 A.L. East
2 St. Louis 10.99 105-57 7-8 N.L. Central
3 Houston 10.97 92-70 6-6 N.L. Central
4 San Francisco 10.88 91-71 N.L. West
5 New York Yankees 10.72 101-61 6-5 A.L. East
6 Chicago Cubs 10.57 89-73 N.L. Central
7 Anaheim 10.57 92-70 0-3 A.L. West
8 Atlanta 10.50 96-66 2-3 N.L. East
9 Los Angeles 10.48 93-69 1-3 N.L. West
10 San Diego 10.47 87-75 N.L. West
11 Philadelphia 10.40 86-76 N.L. East
12 Minnesota 10.36 92-70 1-3 A.L. Central
13 Texas 10.35 89-73 A.L. West
14 Florida 10.33 83-79 N.L. East
15 Oakland 10.24 91-71 A.L. West
16 Montreal 9.98 67-95 N.L. East
17 Chicago White Sox 9.89 83-79 A.L. Central
18 Baltimore 9.85 78-84 A.L. East
19 Colorado 9.85 68-94 N.L. West
20 Pittsburgh 9.74 72-89 N.L. Central
21 Cincinnati 9.63 76-86 N.L. Central
22 Detroit 9.63 72-90 A.L. Central
23 New York Mets 9.61 71-91 N.L. East
24 Toronto 9.55 67-94 A.L. East
25 Seattle 9.45 63-99 A.L. West
26 Tampa Bay 9.36 70-91 A.L. East
27 Cleveland 9.34 80-82 A.L. Central
28 Milwaukee 9.25 67-94 N.L. Central
29 Kansas City 8.91 58-104 A.L. Central
30 Arizona 8.89 51-111 N.L. West