We tackled the question of which MLB teams should be most miserable when the Sports Misery Index was originally released in September. Since then, the 2018 season has been completed and the new data has been factored in. Obviously the champion Red Sox are the opposite of miserable, but are they the least miserable? And where do upstarts such as the Brewers, Rockies and A's rate after their runs in the playoffs?
MLB movement: Even
Total score: 25.51
All-sport rank: 2 (even)
Ranking by category: championships, 3; playoff berths, 2; playoff wins, 2; heartbreaks, 22; rival comparison, 1
Why they stayed the same: It has been 20 years since the Padres have won a playoff series, and it doesn't seem to be a streak that is going to end anytime soon, as San Diego finished with a losing record for the eighth straight season and out of the playoffs for the 12th straight year. They also had to watch the hated Dodgers make yet another playoff run and are top-three in every misery category except heartbreaks.
Moving forward: The Padres have a lot of young talent that's either just starting in the majors or that will be playing in Petco Park pretty quickly (Fernando Tatis Jr.). If some of those guys start to perform at the major league level, San Diego could move off the misery perch eventually, but it might take a few years.
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: 20.66
All-sport rank: 6 (up 1)
Ranking by category: championships, 18; playoff berths, 1; playoff wins, 8; heartbreaks, 29; rival comparison, 5
Why they moved up: Obviously the Brewers were going to move out of the No. 2 spot after their breakthrough 2018, and the White Sox were perched at No. 3. But besides that, it has been 10 years since the Pale Hose have been to the playoffs and 13 since they've won a playoff series. They're the most miserable franchise when it comes to making the postseason, having made the playoffs only nine times in 116 seasons.
Moving forward: The White Sox will be second fiddle to the hated Cubs for a while, as they're in the midst of total rebuild (though they have been a bit aggressive this winter). The White Sox are further ahead in their rebuild than intradivision foes Detroit and Kansas City, though, so perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel isn't as far away as it seems.
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: 20.17
All-sport rank: 7 (Up 1)
Ranking by category: championships, 9; playoff berths, 5; playoff wins, 3; heartbreaks, 13; rival comparison, 8
Why they moved up: Besides the obvious reduction of misery by Milwaukee, the Reds find themselves behind the 8-ball in a division that has quietly become the National League's best. Cincinnati has now gone five years without making the playoffs, but that pales in comparison to their streak without winning a playoff series, which is at 23 years and counting, and why they're third-most miserable in playoff wins. And it's not going to be easy for the Reds to break those streaks.
Moving forward: The Reds skew more toward bad entertaining than simply bad, as they can tear the cover off the ball with the likes of Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett, but Cincinnati will not be able to make a move upward until it gets some consistent starting pitching, which has been a chronic problem since the team moved into Great American Ball Park in 2003.
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: 18.25
All-sport rank: 13 (tie) (up 4)
Ranking by category: championships, 6; playoff berths, 3; playoff wins, 6; heartbreaks, 27; rival comparison, 11
Why they moved up: Try as they might, the Mariners just can't break their playoff drought. Despite being one of the best teams in baseball for the first four months of 2018, the Mariners were lapped by the Astros and A's down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the 17th straight season, the longest mark in baseball. If that wasn't bad enough, Seattle is one of only two franchises (Washington is the other) never to have played in the World Series.
Moving forward: The Mariners have been good enough to give their fans hope but not good enough to deliver, as they've been in the thick of the hunt the past two seasons only to run out of gas toward the end. They seem to have run out of patience with that approach, as evidenced by the recent trades of Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, James Paxton and Jean Segura, among others. It looks as if a rebuild is in the works.
MLB movement: Up 12
Total score: 16.83
All-sport rank: 18 (up 23)
Ranking by category: championships, 14 (tie); playoff berths, 11; playoff wins, 10; heartbreaks, 23; rival comparison, 4
Why they moved up: The Rays were the victim of math, as their most recent playoff appearance and playoff series win (five years ago) and other two series wins (10 years ago) were downgraded in the formula. In reality, this season embodies the enormity of their task in competing with the Red Sox and Yankees. The Rays scrapped their way to 90 wins, way more than what was expected, but were never seriously in the playoff hunt due to their rival bullies. If that's not cause for misery, I don't know what is.
Moving forward: The Rays have an eye for talent, and Kevin Cash is one of the most innovative managers out there, as evidenced by his liberal use of bullpenning. But the Red Sox/Yankees problem is growing worse and worse by the year and looks to be a source of frustration for Tampa, especially as its magic 2008 season fades further and further from memory.
MLB movement: Down 4
Total score: 16.66
All-sport rank: 20 (down 14)
Ranking by category: championships, 4; playoff berths, 7; playoff wins, 15; heartbreaks, 16; rival comparison, 7
Why they moved down: That's pretty easy -- the Brewers won their third division title in franchise history by beating the rival Cubs in a one-game playoff, and then won their third-ever playoff series by defeating the Rockies in the NL Division Series. They would have left the top 25 completely if it wasn't for the Game 7 loss to the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, which gave them 1.25 heartbreak points, enough to keep them in the big rankings.
Moving forward: I would guess that the Brewers will continue to fall down this list in future years. The core of their lineup (Christian Yelich & Co.) will be back, and Josh Hader will lead a bullpen that's as good as any in baseball. If Milwaukee can improve its starting pitching, maybe it can make the World Series for the second time in franchise history and win that elusive first title.
MLB movement: Even
Total score: 16.32
All-sport rank: 23 (even)
Ranking by category: championships, 12; playoff berths, 14; playoff wins, 14; heartbreaks, 14; rival comparison, 6
Why they stayed the same: The Orioles did have the worst season in franchise history, as they lost 115 games in 2018 and started what will be a massive rebuild. But there's a little lag between the bottom falling out on the field and misery taking hold, as the Orioles did make the playoffs two years ago and advanced to the American League Championship Series as recently as 2014. But the lack of World Series appearances and titles (most recent for both being 1983) gives them a solid base of frustration.
Moving forward: It's going to get ugly and quite miserable. At the end of the season, only Adam Jones was left from the core that got the Orioles three playoff berths between 2012 and 2016. Those growing pains, plus the success of the Yankees and Red Sox, will make things unbearable for O's fans. And if the Nationals finally win a playoff series, watch out.
MLB movement: Up 5
Total score: 15.54
All-sport rank: 26 (up 9)
Ranking by category: championships, 7 (tie); playoff berths, 9; playoff wins, 7; heartbreaks, 8; rival comparison, 17
Why they moved up: The Pirates are now three years removed from their playoff mini-revival and five years removed from their most recent playoff-round victory. While the 2013-15 stretch was somewhat fun, it doesn't really distract Pirates fans from the fact that they've (A) had losing records in 22 of their past 26 seasons and (B) have won only one playoff series since the "We Are Family" club won the 1979 World Series.
Moving forward: After stumbling in 2017 and trading away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, it seemed as if the Pirates were committed to a massive rebuild. But a surprising start to 2018 had the Pirates buying at the trade deadline (Chris Archer). So which way will Pittsburgh go? It's just outside the top 25, but without a clear direction going forward, it only seems a matter of time until the Pirates crack the big list.
MLB movement: Even
Total score: 15.48
All-sport rank: 27 (even)
Ranking by category: championships, 5; playoff berths, 18; playoff wins, 17; heartbreaks, 3; rival comparison, 13
Why they stayed the same: With the Rays and Pirates moving up and the Marlins and Rockies moving down, the Rangers are stuck in place. They moved from second and third in the heartbreak tally, as they were passed by the Yankees, but it sure wasn't fun for them to see the cross-state Astros make another playoff run. And being joined by the Dodgers as back-to-back World Series losers this decade doesn't make the near-miss of 2011 feel any better.
Moving forward: Texas finds itself in a tough spot right now, as the Rangers face a rebuild at the same time that the Astros are humming and the A's are surging. Even the Angels have it better right now. A few more seasons like 2018 and Rangers fans might start longing for the days of being heartbroken by Jose Bautista. Nah, maybe not.
10. Miami Marlins
MLB movement: Down 2
Total score: 15.04
All-sport rank: 29 (down 3)
Ranking by category: championships, 23; playoff berths, 4; playoff wins, 9; heartbreaks, 30; rival comparison, 15
Why they moved down: It certainly wasn't due to the performance on the field in 2018, as the Marlins finished last in the NL East after Derek Jeter started them on another massive rebuild. Miami's misery got a bit of a respite due to being able to snicker at the cross-state rival Rays' AL East dilemma. Plus, the Marlins still have a more recent World Series title than the rival Braves or Mets, and Tampa has never won one.
Moving forward: Will this Marlins rebuild bear fruit eventually, or will their playoff drought -- now at 15 years and counting -- go on for a long time? It's really hard to tell what Miami's long-term future is, but the short term will have them looking up at the rest of the NL East and cursing their fate as they watch Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna tear it up for other franchises.
MLB movement: Up 4
Total score: 14.79
All-sport rank: 31 (up 6)
Ranking by category: championships, 20; playoff berths, 13; playoff wins, 12; heartbreaks, 20; rival comparison, 9
Why they moved up: Because it's getting old seeing the Dodgers win all the time. While the Angels have hit a postseason rut, missing the playoffs four years in a row and eight times in nine seasons, their hated rivals from up Interstate 5 have been to the playoffs six straight seasons and back-to-back World Series. The Angels still have the most recent World Series title, but that was 16 years ago and the statute of boasting limitations on that are pretty much used up.
Moving forward: This is a weird time for the Angels. Not only do they have to deal with the Dodgers and, now, the A's being good, but they face an uncertain future. Their manager since 2000, Mike Scioscia, resigned after 19 seasons and the reins have been given to Brad Ausmus. While things have gotten stale in Anaheim, Scioscia is the only manager to win a postseason series in franchise history.
MLB movement: Down 1
Total score: 14.51
All-sport rank: 33 (even)
Ranking by category: championships, 16; playoff berths, 12; playoff wins, 22; heartbreaks, 28; rival comparison, 2
Why they moved down: It was more about other teams moving up, but the Blue Jays' three playoff series victories in 2014 and 2015 are still somewhat fresh and can mask the disappointment of back-to-back losing seasons. While those memories will fade, and annoyance of seeing the Red Sox and Yankees win big will build, there's still some goodwill left from the mini-renaissance of baseball in Toronto.
Moving forward: There's a lot of uncertainty going forward, as star players such as Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson have departed, as has longtime manager John Gibbons. The Blue Jays are also in a tough division, with the aforementioned Evil Empire duo in Boston and New York along with the pesky Rays. The misery probably will pick up quick.
MLB movement: Up 5
Total score: 13.95
All-sport rank: 35 (Up 7)
Ranking by category: championships, 22; playoff berths, 17; playoff wins, 16; heartbreaks, 25; rival comparison, 3
Why they moved up: The late-season collapse, as the Diamondbacks faded from being in the mix of a division title to an afterthought, wasn't great, but what's more vexing to a Diamondbacks fan is that every one of their rivals have bragging rights. The Dodgers always make the playoffs, the Giants have three championships the past decade and the Rockies are now back-to-back postseason participants. A 2001 title isn't cutting it right now.
Moving forward: The September fade was pretty disappointing, and the disappointment continued into the offseason when Paul Goldschmidt was traded to the Cardinals. With a rebuild seemingly in the offing and the Dodgers and Rockies trending up, it could be a painful next few years in the desert.
14. New York Mets
MLB movement: Down 2
Total score: 13.82
All-sport rank: 36 (down 2)
Ranking by category: championships, 11; playoff berths, 15; playoff wins, 21; heartbreaks, 7; rival comparison, 12
Why they moved down: Because all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. Yes, the Yankees and Braves both made the playoffs, but both lost in the division series. Therefore, the pain of a second consecutive injury-plagued, losing season in Queens was muted a bit. And while it's 32 years and counting since the Mets' most recent World Series championship, their World Series appearance in 2015 is a lot more recent than those of the Yanks, Braves, and Phillies.
Moving forward: It depends on your perspective. On one hand, a second straight disappointing season has scuttled the momentum from the back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and '16. On the other, the Mets were pretty solid the last couple of months of the season once they started getting healthy. If, and it's a big if, everyone is healthy for an extended time, New York could make noise, especially if newcomers Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz pan out.
15. Minnesota Twins
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: 13.27
All-sport rank: 37 (Up 2)
Ranking by category: championships, 10; playoff berths, 16; playoff wins, 4; heartbreaks, 18; rival comparison, 16
Why they moved up: The Twins were unable to build on the momentum of their 2017 wild-card appearance, as several of their young players (Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton) backslid, leading to a season when they were never in it. Though Minnesota has been a more frequent playoff participant than the teams above it, it still has lost seven series in a row dating to 2002. Worse yet, their normally miserable rivals, the Brewers, had a great year.
Moving forward: Are the Twins rebuilding, or are they going to stand relatively pat and hope their slumping youngsters find their form again? In a division in which three teams are rebuilding and the champions (the Indians) face a bit of a reshuffling, it's tempting for Minnesota to stay the course or even be a bit aggressive. But failure could bring about some real, extended misery.
MLB movement: Down 6
Total score: 13.03
All-sport rank: 38 (down 7)
Ranking by category: championships, 17; playoff berths, 25; playoff wins, 5; heartbreaks, 4; rival comparison, 14
Why they went down: The A's had another Billy Beane revival this season, as they cobbled together a potent team that won 97 games and earned a playoff berth. Although Oakland lost to the Yankees in the wild-card game (their eighth consecutive "win or go home" loss in the playoffs), this season brought a lot of excitement along the East Bay and gave the A's bragging rights against their rivals, even the cross-bay Giants.
Moving forward: The A's have assembled a roster full of up-and-coming stars (Matt Chapman) and veterans who have had a career revival in the A's system (Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty) along with a deep bullpen full of power arms. If Oakland can build on its momentum and maybe get some rotation help, the A's could have a lower heartbreak score and get some playoff wins.
17. Colorado Rockies
MLB movement: Down 11
Total score: 12.55
All-sport rank: 41 (down 23)
Ranking by category: championships, 13; playoff berths, 19; playoff wins, 13; heartbreaks, 19; rival comparison, 10
Why they went down: Making back-to-back playoff berths for the first time in franchise history is a good reason why. While the division title drought continued with the one-game playoff loss to the rival Dodgers, Colorado erased that setback by beating the Cubs in the wild-card game in extra innings at Wrigley. That was the Rockies' first playoff series victory since 2007 and only the third in franchise history. Feels good to be out of the top 25.
Moving forward: Things are going great in Colorado and the Rockies have the nucleus to keep the good times going. Nolan Arenado is a superstar, Charlie Blackmon is right up there with him, Trevor Story has that potential and the Rockies might have the best pitching staff they've ever had. There have been more good times than misery lately and there's no reason why that shouldn't continue.
MLB movement: Up 4
Total score: 11.84
All-sport rank: 42 (up 20)
Ranking by category: championships, 19; playoff berths, 6; playoff wins, 18; heartbreaks, 21; rival comparison, 19
Why they moved up: Several reasons besides normal Philadelphia surliness. The Phillies went through the same math adjustment that the Rays did, as the 10-year anniversary of their 2008 World Series championship saw that title (and the corresponding playoff wins) lose some value. The Phillies also missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and their fade at the end, which saw them go from first in early August to below .500, wasn't exactly awesome.
Moving forward: The end of the season was a punch to the stomach, but the Phillies' play for the first four months of the season should give fans hope that this team is on the verge of getting back to the playoffs. Their rebuild from the end of the Ryan Howard/Chase Utley/Cole Hamels era is starting to bear fruit, and Philly is arguably in better position moving forward than the rival Mets, Nationals and Pirates.
MLB movement: Down 5
Total score: 11.23
All-sport rank: 44 (down 8)
Ranking by category: championships, 1; playoff berths, 21; playoff wins, 19; heartbreaks, 1; rival comparison, 24
Why they went down: Their playoff defeat this year wasn't of the gut-punch variety. The sweep to the Astros wasn't how the Indians wanted to finish, but it beats losing Game 7 at home in the World Series after blowing a 3-1 lead or losing Game 5 of the ALDS at home after coughing up a 2-0 advantage. Plus, this season gave the Indians three playoff berths in a row and four in six years, results every franchise above them would kill for.
Moving forward: The Indians are extremely polarizing from a misery perspective. On one hand, they've ruled their division the past three seasons and there doesn't seem to be any resistance coming from their AL Central foes anytime soon. On the other hand, with as stacked as the top of the American League is, Cleveland doesn't seem that close to breaking its 70-year championship drought. Best to keep making the playoffs and hope for the best.
20. Detroit Tigers
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: 10.87
All-sport rank: 48 (up 11)
Ranking by category: championships, 2; playoff berths, 8; playoff wins, 20; heartbreaks, 17; rival comparison, 21
Why they moved up: If it wasn't clear at the end of the 2017 season it's clear now -- the Tigers have a long way to go to get back to playoff contention. Detroit had one of the worst records in baseball last season, are now four years removed from the last playoff berth of the Miguel Cabrera/Justin Verlander era, and five years removed from their most recent series win. The fun times of 2006-14 are fading from memory.
Moving forward: The Tigers, like much of the AL Central, are in the midst of a full rebuild. They're in the early stages of constructing a new foundation and seem to be several years away from making another playoff push. Detroit fans hope that they won't have an extended streak of losing baseball the way they did in the 1990s and early 2000s, but their World Series title drought of 34 years isn't ending anytime soon.
MLB movement: Down 1
Total score: 9.24
All-sport rank: 57 (even)
Ranking by category: championships, 21; playoff berths, 26; playoff wins, 1; heartbreaks, 9; rival comparison, 18
Why they moved down: The Nationals moved down in misery mostly due to the upward movement of the Phillies and Tigers. Things stayed stable in the nation's capital despite a highly disappointing season in which the Nats never quite put it together. But two things muffled the misery: (A) not having to deal with the stomach punch of a win-or-go-home playoff loss at home and (B) the absolute implosion by the rival Orioles.
Moving forward: On one hand, you can't blame a Washington fan for being pessimistic about the future, as the Braves and Phillies are rapidly improving, and Bryce Harper is probably leaving in free agency. But the Nationals still have a great 1-2 punch in the starting rotation (when healthy) of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and Juan Soto showed that he could fill Harper's "young star" shoes.
22. Atlanta Braves
MLB movement: Down 3
Total score: 8.34
All-sport rank: 59 (down 9)
Ranking by category: championships, 7 (tie); playoff berths, 24; playoff wins, 11; heartbreaks, 12; rival comparison, 20
Why they moved down: The Baby Braves arrived ahead of schedule, surging late in the season to win their first division title since 2013 and make the playoffs for the first time since that season. While the NLDS loss to the Dodgers continued the Braves' playoff win drought (they've lost nine straight series dating to 2001), just getting back to the playoffs with a youthful team is cause for optimism in Atlanta.
Moving forward: Braves fans shouldn't get stressed about the playoff win drought because it seems to be a matter of when, not if, that'll be broken. With the breakouts of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, among others, in 2018 to go along with steady star Freddie Freeman and a farm system set to provide even more reinforcements, baseball in Georgia looks to be fun for a while.
MLB movement: Even
Total score: 0.23
All-sport rank: 85 (down 2)
Ranking by category: championships, 27; playoff berths, 10; playoff wins, 24; heartbreaks, 10 (tie); rival comparison, 23
Why they stayed even: The Royals were the worst team not located in Maryland this season, as they lost 104 games and were a far cry from the team that won the 2015 World Series and went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15. But that recent success is why Kansas City's meltdown this year shouldn't cause strife quite yet. Plus, it's not as if any of the Royals' rivals, especially the cross-state Cardinals, have anything better to brag about at the moment.
Moving forward: While the current reality hasn't quite set in yet, it will in the next few seasons. The Royals have almost completely divorced themselves from their championship squad, as Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon are about all that's left. Kansas City is in the midst of a teardown, which will get more painful as 2015 fades further from memory. Royals fans just have to hope that it doesn't result in a lost decade like they suffered through in the 2000s.
MLB movement: Up 3
Total score: -3.97
All-sport rank: 93 (up 7)
Ranking by category: championships, 24; playoff berths, 27; playoff wins, 26; heartbreaks, 10 (tie); rival comparison, 22
Why they moved up: The Cardinals weren't able to keep up down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Worse than that was finishing behind both of their NL Central rivals and having to watch the Cubs and Brewers play in the postseason. That's not something that's normal for Cardinals fans, who are used to playing from ahead. The 2006 and 2011 championships are still nice to have, but the current trend isn't great.
Moving forward: The Cardinals are as consistent as they come, as St. Louis is annually in the hunt to make the playoffs and, in past years, much more. But with the Cubs becoming a consistent playoff force and the Brewers exploding on the scene this year, consistent might not be good enough going forward for Cards fans. They're hoping that trading for Paul Goldschmidt helps the Cardinals get back in the postseason.
25. Chicago Cubs
MLB movement: Even
Total score: -4.43
All-sport rank: 94 (up 1)
Ranking by category: championships, 25; playoff berths, 23; playoff wins, 25; heartbreaks, 6; rival comparison, 26
Why they stayed even: The Cubs stayed in place while the Cardinals moved up and the Dodgers moved down. But while Cubs fans are still pretty happy about getting that 2016 championship and ending 108 years of misery, they got a bit of a refresher on the old feeling at the end of the season, losing the NL Central tiebreaker to the Brewers at Wrigley then losing the wild-card game in extra innings to the Rockies in the Friendly Confines.
Moving forward: There were some yips this past season (Kris Bryant's health, whatever it was Yu Darvish was doing), but the Cubs are still in a good spot. The core nucleus is still pretty young, the front office is among the best in baseball and the owners are more than willing to spend what it takes to bring talent to the North Side. So Cubs fans should still feel pretty good.
MLB movement: Down 2
Total score: -5.04
All-sport rank: 95 (down 5)
Ranking by category: championships, 14 (tie); playoff berths, 29; playoff wins, 27; heartbreaks, 5; rival comparison, 27
Why they moved down: Yes, losing in the World Series for the second consecutive season stinks, but what doesn't stink is the Dodgers' postseason streak. They've made the playoffs an MLB-high six seasons in a row and have won four postseason series the past couple of seasons. While Yasiel Puig is hitting homers to win Game 7s of playoff series, the Dodgers' rivals -- the Giants, Angels and Padres -- have to watch at home. So it's good to bleed blue.
Moving forward: There is a fear among Dodgers fans that they're set to become the 1990s Braves or Buffalo Bills and be a perpetual bridesmaid after losing in the World Series twice, but the alternative (not playing in the World Series) is a lot worse. The Dodgers are deep, talented and aggressive, which should keep them in contention to get their first championship since Kirk Gibson & Co. won it in 1988. L.A. fans hope they can finish the job eventually.
27. Houston Astros
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: -7.69
All-sport rank: 101 (up 1)
Ranking by category: championships, 26; playoff berths, 22; playoff wins, 23; heartbreaks, 15; rival comparison, 29
Why they moved up: It's natural to be slightly more miserable when you fall short of winning a title the year after you won a title, but all things considered, things are still very good with the Astros. They won more than 100 games in their title defense, swept the Indians in the ALDS and gave the Red Sox a better run than the 4-1 ALCS loss would indicate. There's no reason to be miserable or hang your head as a Houston fan.
Moving forward: The Astros aren't going anywhere any time soon. Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa are still under 30 (the latter two are way under 30) and have their best years ahead of them. The rotation also should be very good, even with Lance McCullers Jr. sitting out with Tommy John surgery and Dallas Keuchel possibly leaving in free agency. There will be a lot more playoff baseball at Minute Maid Park.
28. New York Yankees
MLB movement: Up 1
Total score: -14.64
All-sport rank: 110 (up 3)
Ranking by category: championships, 28; playoff berths, 30; playoff wins, 29; heartbreaks, 2; rival comparison, 30
Why they moved up: This was the best Yankees team in some time, but it wasn't enough to beat the hated Red Sox in the ALDS. If that wasn't bad enough, Yankees fans had to watch Boston roll through the rest of the playoffs and win their fourth World Series since 2004. Boston has now won two World Series since the Yankees' most recent championship in 2009 and have the Bronx Bombers beat 4-1 since the Yanks blew the 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS. It has officially become obnoxious.
Moving forward: The rest of baseball is mockingly playing the violin at the Yankees' Red Sox misery, not only because of the 27 World Series championships the franchise has won, but because the Yankees are set to be a playoff contender for a while. Breakout campaigns from rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres make a lineup that already had Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton lethal. So cheer up Yankees fans -- you'll have plenty of time to settle the score with Boston and add to your hardware collection.
MLB Movement: Up 1
Total score: -15.75
All-sport rank: 113 (up 2)
Ranking by category: championships, 29; playoff berths, 20; playoff wins, 30; heartbreaks, 26; rival comparison, 28
Why they moved up: It now has been four years since the Giants won their third title of the decade, and things aren't getting better. The Giants were aggressive in the offseason to try to pry their championship window open for one more year, but the acquisitions of Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen didn't do that at all. Worse yet, the Giants had to watch the Dodgers in the World Series again and the cross-bay A's emerge as a force. That's why they're not the least miserable anymore.
Moving forward: The Giants still have bragging rights over their rivals, but it truly looks as though they're done being a playoff contender. So San Francisco fans will now rest of their former even-year laurels and hope beyond hope that the Dodgers don't get that elusive World Series title and that the A's are a short-term thing, because the glow from those three championships will continue to dim and fade in the next few years.
30. Boston Red Sox
MLB movement: Down 4
Total score: -17.19
All-sport rank: 115 (down 16)
Ranking by category: championships, 30; playoff berths, 28; playoff wins, 28; heartbreaks, 24; rival comparison, 25
Why they moved down: No real mystery here, as the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and breezed to their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons, the most in baseball during that span. Boston lost only three games in the playoffs, dispatching the hated Yankees, defending champion Astros and the Dodgers to bring another title to the city. If The Curse of the Bambino wasn't already dead before (it was), it certainly is now.
Moving forward: The Red Sox are just as much of an "Evil Empire" as the Yankees now, if not more. Not only are they champions, but they have plenty of young players who aren't going away anytime soon. Mookie Betts will be 26 next season, Andrew Benintendi 25, Chris Sale 30, J.D. Martinez 32, heck, even David Price will only be 33 for most of the 2019 campaign. Don't be surprised if there are more championships in Boston's future.