When was your team's last October win?

October 5th, 2022

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, 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 current team has the ideal last postseason victory -- a win in the final game of the 2021 World Series. For almost every other team, the wait has lasted longer than it had hoped. Winning only makes you want more winning. The waiting is the hardest part.


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, 2021, ALDS Game 1

After a electrifying run to the World Series in 2020, the Rays opened up their quest to the '21 Fall Classic in thrilling fashion once again. Randy Arozarena continued his postseason dominance in the series opener, swatting a solo homer and stealing home in their 5-0 win. Unfortunately for Arozarena and the Rays, it would be their only win in the '21 postseason, as they fell to the Red Sox in four games. (Box score)

Red Sox -- Oct. 18, 2021, ALCS Game 3

Fueled by Kyle Schwarber's grand slam in the second inning, the Red Sox won big in Game 3 of the ALCS over the Astros, 12-3. Boston scored nine runs in the first three innings and never looked back, as four different Red Sox batters had multiple RBIs in the contest. The Red Sox probably wished they saved some of those runs for later in the series, though, as they scored just three runs in the final three games of the series, falling in six games to Houston. (Box score)

Yankees -- Oct. 8, 2020, ALDS Game 4

Against the Rays, a team who emerged as the new (if perhaps temporary) AL East rival for the Bombers, the Yankees got four innings from Jordan Montgomery and then five shutout innings from the bullpen triumvirate of Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman to force a Game 5. The Rays had only three hits, and the Yankees were so good they even got postseason superstar Randy Arozarena to go 0-for-4 in a playoff game. That bullpen would end up springing a pretty epic leak a game later, though, with Chapman giving up that infamous homer to his old nemesis Mike Brosseau. (Box score)


Guardians -- 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 Cleveland a 2-0 series lead, and the club looked well on its way to its second consecutive ALCS. But the Yankees won the next three, and Cleveland was 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. 10, 2021, ALDS Game 3

Down 2-0 in the series against the Astros, the White Sox did exactly what they needed to with their backs against the wall in Game 3. After going down 5-1 following the top of the third inning, Chicago buckled down and scored five in the bottom half of the third and added three more runs in the fourth to stay alive. Their momentum ran out quickly, though, as they fell in Game 4. (Box score)


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. 31, 2021, World Series Game 5

In their third trip to the Fall Classic in five years, the Astros made a 3-1 series interesting by winning Game 5 to force the series back to Houston for Game 6. In their 9-5 win, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each had three hits, but Martín Maldonado was the hero, driving in three runs on a sac fly, a bases-loaded walk and a single. Houston couldn't force a Game 7, though, as it fell to Atlanta two nights later. (Box score)

A’s -- Oct. 7, 2020, ALDS Game 3

Losing to their division rivals in the ALDS was a difficult pill to swallow for the A’s, particularly since it happened at Dodger Stadium, a place that has been cruel to the A’s over the years. After falling behind 2-0, Oakland did rally to extend the series in Game 3, hitting five homers off five Astros pitchers. (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. It's been nearly 21 years since that day, but the Mariners are finally back into the playoff this season with a chance to add a new entry to this list. (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)


Braves -- Nov. 2, 2021, World Series Game 6

How sweet it is. After a 26-year drought, the Braves finally brought another championship back to Atlanta, taking down the Astros in six games in the 2021 Fall Classic. They did it in commanding fashion on the road, too, as they shutout the high-powered Houston offense and cruised to a 7-0 victory behind homers from Jorge Soler, Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman. (Box score)

Marlins -- Oct. 2, 2020, Wild Card Series Game 2

The story of this series was more the Cubs’ lack of offense than it was anything particularly powerful the Marlins did -- but that would also be selling Sixto Sánchez short. Sánchez was fantastic in shutting down the Cubs over five scoreless innings. Chicago would end up scoring just one run in the two games, and in Game 2, the homer Garrett Cooper hit off Yu Darvish in the seventh inning would prove to be more than enough. The two wins in this series were the Marlins’ first postseason wins in 17 years. (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 -- October 30, 2019, World Series Game 7

Nationals fans may have some vague recollection of this game. They were down 2-0 in the top of the seventh until they suddenly, gloriously, were not. Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead two-run homer is the one that everyone remembers the most, but it was Anthony Rendon who finally broke the shutout with a homer of his own just two batters earlier. The Nationals ended up with their first World Series title … which is the perfect way to have your most recent postseason game end. (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)


Brewers -- Oct. 10, 2021, NLDS Game 1

The Brewers opened up the postseason with a close win over the eventual NL champs, the Atlanta Braves. Corbin Burnes carried his stellar regular season into October, allowing just two hits in six shutout innings. They scraped by with a 2-1 win thanks to Rowdy Tellez's go-ahead two-run homer off of Charlie Morton, but they couldn't take another game in the series, as the Braves advanced in four games. (Box score)

Cardinals -- Sept. 30, 2020, Wild Card Series Game 1

The Padres might have been one of the most exciting young teams in baseball, but it was the old stalwart Cardinals who won the Padres’ first playoff game in more than a decade. St. Louis jumped on San Diego early, too, scoring four runs in the first inning, spurred by a homer from Paul Goldschmidt. The Cards would race out to a quick lead in Game 2, as well, but Fernando Tatis Jr. would end up having a say in what happened next. (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? (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 the previous 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)


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. 21, 2021, NLCS Game 5

The Dodgers looked primed for another World Series run after taking down the 107-win Giants in the NLDS, but fatigue and injury caught up to the defending World Series champs against Atlanta in the NLCS. Their final win in 2021 was a convincing though, as they chased Braves starter Max Fried in the fifth inning and ended the night with an 11-2 victory in Chavez Ravine. (Box score)

Giants -- Oct. 11, 2021, NLDS Game 3

The Giants were the ultimate underdog story during the regular season in 2021, outlasting the 106-win Dodgers to take their first NL West title since 2012. Fate had it that the two would meet in the NLDS, where the series went down to the very last pitch. The Giants took a 2-1 series lead in Game 3, winning 1-0 thanks to Evan Longoria's solo homer off of Max Scherzer, but they dropped the next two to their division rival, ending their incredible season. (Box score)

Padres -- Oct. 2, 2020, Wild Card Series Game 3

Padres fans may remember the Game 2 barrage a little more vividly -- and heavens, that Tatis bat flip -- but this was the one that clinched their first series victory since 1998. What was most impressive about this win was that San Diego did it without a clear starting pitcher. The Padres used nine pitchers in nine innings in this game -- and they didn’t give up a single run. That’s not how they might have drawn it up, but it did the trick. (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)