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When was your team's last October win?

@williamfleitch
September 8, 2019

It is difficult enough to reach the postseason, and even harder, once you’ve made it there, to win. Postseason wins should never be taken for granted. Because you never know how long it will take you to get another one. So today at The Thirty, we step into the wayback

It is difficult enough to reach the postseason, and even harder, once you’ve made it there, to win. Postseason wins should never be taken for granted. Because you never know how long it will take you to get another one.

So today at The Thirty, we step into the wayback machine – some teams go further back in the machine than others – and look at the last postseason victory for every MLB team. Only one team has the ideal last postseason: A victory in last year’s World Series. For every other team, the wait has lasted longer than it surely expected. Winning only makes you want more winning. The waiting is the hardest part.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays -- Oct. 18, 2016, ALCS Game 4

The Indians were already up 3-0 in the series by this point, so the Blue Jays were mostly just delaying the inevitable. Aaron Sanchez was terrific in this one, and Josh Donaldson homered off Corey Kluber in this 5-1 win. No Blue Jay who played in this game remains on the roster today. (Box score)

Orioles -- Oct. 5, 2014, ALDS Game 3

The Orioles wrapped up a sweep over the Tigers behind 6 1/3 shutout innings from Bud Norris, and then Andrew Miller and Zack Britton finished off Detroit, outdueling David Price. The only Orioles runs in this 2-1 triumph came from a two-run homer from Nelson Cruz, who we all thought was old even then. The O’s were subsequently swept by the Royals in the AL Championship Series. (Box score)

Rays -- Oct. 7, 2013, ALDS Game 3

The Rays staved off elimination against Boston with a walk-off homer from Jose Lobaton off the otherwise-unhittable-that-postseason Koji Uehara to win, 5-4, and come within 2-1 of the eventual World Series champs. No. 2 hitter Ben Zobrist and manager Joe Maddon would go on to find considerably more postseason success in Chicago, as it turns out. (Box score)

Red Sox -- Oct. 28, 2018, World Series Game 5

Your defending champs, at least for another couple of months, can still enjoy their 5-1 win against the Dodgers to clinch their fourth World Series crown this century. (Box score)

Yankees -- Oct. 6, 2018, ALDS Game 2:

Last year’s Red Sox-Yankees postseason battle felt considerably less epic than some of those in the past, but Gary Sanchez provided the Yanks' lone 2018 postseason highlight with a two-homer game at Fenway Park as the Yankees won, 6-2. The Red Sox won the next game, 16-1, at Yankee Stadium, though, and it was clear who the superior team was that year. (Box score)

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians -- Oct. 6, 2017, ALDS Game 2

This was a fantastic 13-inning game that ended with a Yan Gomes single off the Yankees’ Dellin Betances, who was in his third inning of work. The 9-8 win gave the Indians a 2-0 series lead, and they looked well on their way to their second consecutive ALCS. But the Yankees won the next three, and the Indians were swept by the Astros in the AL Division Series a year later. (Box score)

Royals -- Nov. 1, 2015, World Series Game 5

One of three teams in baseball whose last postseason win was a World Series clincher. This game went 12 innings, with the Royals scoring two in the ninth to tie it and then five in the 12th to put the Mets away with a 7-2 victory. (Box score)

Tigers -- Oct. 16, 2013, ALCS Game 4

The Tigers looked set up for one or two more postseason runs yet to come when they tied this ALCS at 2 with a convincing 7-3 win behind Doug Fister. But they lost the next two to the Red Sox, were swept by the Orioles the next season and now look a long way from their next postseason trip. (Box score)

Twins -- Oct. 5, 2004, ALDS Game 1

Did you realize it has been this long since the Twins won a postseason game? This came on a gem from Johan Santana in a 2-0 win over the Yankees. Minnesota has been to the postseason four times since this game ... and has been swept every time. (Box score)

White Sox -- Oct. 5, 2008, ALDS Game 3

This 5-3 victory against the Rays remains Chicago’s lone postseason victory since winning the World Series in 2005. (Box score)

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

Angels -- Oct. 22, 2009, ALCS Game 5

This 7-6 win against the Yankees was, of course, a few years before Mike Trout arrived ... which allows us to remind you once again that Trout, amazingly, has still never won a postseason game. The Angels, of course, would lose Game 6 to the Yankees, who went on to win their most recent World Series crown. (Box score)

Astros -- Oct. 13, 2018, ALCS Game 1

The Astros’ 7-2 Game 1 victory last year gave us the promise of an epic ALCS that, alas, never materialized: The Red Sox won the next four games. (Box score)

Athletics -- Oct. 7, 2013, ALDS Game 3

Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Brandon Moss all homered to give the A’s a 6-3 win and a 2-1 series lead over the Tigers, but they lost the next two and have lost two Wild Card Games since. (Box score)

Mariners -- Oct. 20, 2001, ALCS Game 3

This 116-win Mariners team looked like itself for the last time in crushing the Yankees by a score of 14-3, but Seattle only staved off the inevitable five-game series defeat. And, yes, we have to say it: This is the last time the Mariners made the playoffs. (Box score)

Rangers -- Oct. 9, 2015, ALDS Game 2

The Rangers surprised everyone by taking a 2-0 lead on the heavily favored Blue Jays after beating Toronto, 6-4, in 14 innings, but Texas lost the next three. The next six, actually: The Blue Jays swept the Rangers in the ALDS the next season. (Box score)

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves -- Oct. 7, 2018, NLDS Game 3

You may have missed it, but the Braves did take a game from the Dodgers last year, a 6-5 triumph highlighted by Ronald Acuna Jr.’s glorious grand slam in the second inning off Walker Buehler. The Braves and Acuna clearly have designs on more this postseason. (Box score)

Marlins -- Oct. 25, 2003, World Series Game 5

Few axioms in baseball have remained truer than “when the Marlins make the postseason, they win the World Series.” Every time. OK, twice. This time they wrapped it up against the Yankees with a 2-0 victory. (Box score)

Mets -- Oct. 30, 2015, World Series Game 3

Another happy reason to remember David Wright: He homered and had four RBIs in the Mets’ last postseason victory, a 9-3 drubbing of the Royals. Just don’t ask Mets fans about the two games that followed. (Box score)

Nationals -- Oct. 11, 2017, NLDS Game 4

An ailing Stephen Strasburg was brilliant in a 5-0 Nationals win over the Cubs that pushed an excellent series to a Game 5. Of course, the Nationals’ problem has never been winning postseason games; it’s winning postseason series that’s the issue. (Box score)

Phillies -- Oct. 4, 2011, NLDS Game 3

The Phillies looked well on their way after taking a 2-1 series lead on an upstart Cardinals team with a 3-2 victory in Game 3. But three days later, Ryan Howard fell to the ground while making the final out in this 3-2 nail-biter of a series loss, and the Phillies, amazingly, have not reached the postseason since. (Box score)

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers -- Oct. 19, 2018, NLCS Game 6

I have to confess: After this electric 7-2 win by Milwaukee over the Dodgers, with Game 7 brewing at Miller Park ... I thought the Brewers were going to the World Series. (Box score)

Cardinals -- Oct. 9, 2015, NLDS Game 1

Tommy Pham -- called “Thomas Pham” on the TBS broadcast -- launched a homer off Jon Lester to give the Cardinals a 4-0 win and 1-0 series lead against their hated rivals. But the Cubs blitzed the Cardinals in the next three and have ruled the rivalry, and mostly the division, since. Will that change this year? (Box score)

Cubs -- Oct. 18, 2017, NLCS Game 4

The Cubs salvaged one game against the Dodgers, winning Game 4 by a final of 3-2, before Los Angeles finished off the gentleman’s sweep. Did the Cubs ever imagine at this time this would be Joe Maddon’s last postseason victory with the Cubs? Because it could be. (Box score)

Pirates -- Oct. 6, 2013, NLDS Game 3

It looked so glorious for the Pirates at this point after beating St. Louis, 5-3. The Bucs had a 2-1 series lead over the Cardinals, with a riotous PNC Park crowd ready to take them home in Game 4. But Michael Wacha was brilliant for the Cardinals in that game, St. Louis took Game 5, the Pirates lost two straight Wild Card Games the next two years, and that was it for that. (Box score)

Reds -- Oct. 7, 2012, NLDS Game 2

Imagine how this decade of baseball history might have been different if the Reds -- who cruised to a 9-0 victory here against the Giants -- had hung onto their 2-0 series lead rather than drop three straight at home to the eventual champs. (Box score)

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs -- Oct. 4, 2017, NL Wild Card Game

The D-backs weren’t much of a match for the Dodgers in the NLDS, but this was a rollicking, enjoyable Wild Card Game win over the Rockies (final score 11-8), punctuated by Archie Bradley’s unexpected triple. (Box score)

Dodgers -- Oct. 26, 2018, World Series Game 3

The Dodgers only got one World Series game last year ... but it sure was a worthy one: This is the 18-inning marathon the Dodgers won, 3-2, on Max Muncy’s (merciful) walk-off homer. (Box score)

Giants -- Oct. 10, 2016, NLDS Game 3

The Giants made this a closer series against the Cubs than many remember. After winning Game 3 by a 6-5 margin, they blew a lead in Game 4 that could have led to a decisive Game 5 that would have caused quite a many Cubs fans to sweat. (Box score)

Padres -- Oct. 7, 2006, NLDS Game 3

The Padres were, in fact, heavily favored to win this series over the Cardinals, who won just 83 games that season. But St. Louis won the first two games, only dropping Game 3 to the Padres by a score of 3-1. The Cardinals breezed past San Diego in Game 4, and then went on to upset the Mets and Tigers en route to a most-improbable World Series title. (Box score)

Rockies -- Oct. 2, 2018, NL Wild Card Game

A joyous 2-1 upset of the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 13 innings set expectations for future success that, so far, have not been met. (Box score)