Cleveland Indians: Which World Series run had the better team?

Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Mike Napoli, World Series
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Cleveland Indians World Series Runs: World Series Performance

All three of the series in question went at least six games for the Cleveland Indians. The 1995 team ran into the Atlanta Braves’ juggernaut starting rotation and now trio of Hall of Famers of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Despite getting the best of Smoltz, the series still lasted just six games, creating a disadvantage in this category against two squads that went seven games.

As for the 2016 team, they had three chances to clinch the title after jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the series. However, karma from the 2016 NBA Finals struck the city. After chanting that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead, the Tribe would soon do the same. Game seven needed extra innings to decide a winner after an electric Rajai Davis home run, but a rain delay would dull the momentum for the Tribe with the Cubs capturing the title in seven games.

In 1997, it was a similar story of heartbreak. After a series that was high-scoring and back-and-forth, the deciding game seven saw a total of just five runs scored, two too many, and extra innings needed. After scoring in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings, the Florida Marlins won in the 11th.

In terms of the better World Series performance, the 1997 season has a slight advantage. While the 2016 team jumped out to a better start, the overall series in 1997 was the better grouping of games as the team came just two outs away from capturing a title.