From the Washington Post:
The least likely World Series winners ever
1969 to 1993: Two rounds1987 Minnesota Twins
11 percent chance to win the World SeriesThe Twins won 85 games during the 1987 regular season. We would expect a team with a similar run differential as Minnesota (786 scored and 806 allowed, minus-20 run differential) to win just 79 games. If we adjust again for the sequence of events that occurred, we would reduce those expectations to a 74-win season. In other words, these Twins were lucky to have been a part of the playoffs at all, let alone world champions.
They separated MLB history into three periods based on the number of rounds of post-season play. In the 25 years of two rounds (LCS and WS), the 1987 Twins were the least likely to prevail. I knew that they were big underdogs, but didn't remember that they actually had a negative run differential during the season. Amazing!