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Facts machine
10/12/2004 12:23 AM ET
Since Major League Baseball introduced an eight-team playoff format in 1995, Wild Card teams have reached the Championship Series 11 times. Here's how the clubs fared:

Facts machine: Wild finishes
Year League Team How they fared
2004 National Houston Facing St. Louis in NLCS
  American Boston Facing New York Yankees in ALCS
2003 National Florida Beat Chicago Cubs in NLCS, 4-3
Beat New York Yankees in World Series, 4-2
  American Boston Lost to New York Yankees in ALCS, 4-3
2002 American Anaheim Beat Minnesota in ALCS, 4-1
Beat San Francisco in World Series, 4-3
  National San Francisco Beat St. Louis in NLCS, 4-1
Lost to Anaheim in World Series, 4-3
2000 National New York Mets Beat St. Louis in NLCS, 4-1
Lost to New York Yankees in World Series, 4-1
1999 National New York Mets Lost to Atlanta in NLCS, 4-2
  American Boston Lost to New York Yankees in ALCS, 4-1
1997 National Florida Beat Atlanta in NLCS, 4-2
Beat Cleveland in World Series, 4-3
1996 American Baltimore Lost to New York Yankees in ALCS, 4-1

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