8 – 2009 (93 – 69, NL Champions, Lost World Series)
Although the 2009 team came within two wins of repeating as World Champions, they are just eighth on this list due to unbalanced production. The pitching staff was only sixth in the NL in ERA and 12th in hits allowed and 15th in home runs. J.A. Happ lead the team with 12 wins, while Cole Hamels struggled after his stellar 2008 season, winning just 10 with a 4.32 ERA. Brad Lidge pitched to a 7.21 ERA and lost eight games. Fortunately, the offense was excellent. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Jason Werth all hit over 30 home runs, while Rollins, Utley, Werth and Shane Victorino surpassed 20 stolen bases.
7 – 1950 (91 – 63, NL Champions, Lost World Series)
The “Whiz Kids” surprised the league by winning the National League only to fall to the powerhouse New York Yankees in four games in the World Series. The team was led offensively by Del Ennis, who belted 31 home runs, 126 RBI, and had a .311 average. Willie Jones added 25 home runs and Andy Semenick hit 24. Speedster and defensive wizard Richie Ashburn hit .303 with 14 triples. On the mound, Robin Roberts won 20, completed 21 and hurled 304 1/3 innings, while closer Jim Konstanty won 16 with 22 saves and a 2.66 ERA.