Every MLB team’s playoff record since the 2000 season

Which MLB teams have performed the best and which have underachieved in the playoffs so far this century? Starting with the 2000 season, this article will look at each team’s playoff history over the last 18 postseasons, using information gathered from Baseball Reference.

Every MLB team’s playoff record

Below is a table of showing every MLB team’s basic playoff information, sorted by the number of playoff appearances that each team has. It also shows each team’s overall playoff record and their series record.

Out of the 30 MLB teams, only five have made the playoffs at least nine times in the last 18 seasons. The New York Yankees have the most playoff appearances with 14. At the bottom are the Miami Marlins, who have only made it to the postseason once.

Team Playoff App Playoff Record Series Record
New York Yankees 14 69-61 (53.1%) 14-11 (56%)
St. Louis Cardinals 12 65-60 (52%) 15-10 (60%)
Boston Red Sox 9 46-34 (57.5%) 11-6 (64.7%)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 32-36 (47.1%) 6-9 (40%)
Atlanta Braves 9 13-26 (33.3%) 1-8 (11.1%)
Oakland Athletics 8 15-23 (39.5%) 1-7 (12.5%)
San Francisco Giants 7 48-30 (61.5%) 11-4 (73.3%)
Los Angeles Angels 7 21-28 (42.9%) 5-6 (45.5%)
Minnesota Twins 7 6-22 (21.4%) 1-6 (14.3%)
Chicago Cubs 6 26-29 (47.3%) 6-5 (54.5%)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 27-19 (58.7%) 6-4 (60%)
Cleveland Indians 5 20-17 (54.1%) 3-4 (42.9%)
Houston Astros 5 27-26 (50.9%) 6-4 (60%)
Detroit Tigers 5 25-26 (49%) 6-5 (54.5%)
Texas Rangers 5 20-22 (47.6%) 4-4 (50%)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 17-19 (47.2%) 4-4 (50%)
New York Mets 4 22-17 (56.4%) 5-3 (62.5%)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 13-17 (43.3%) 2-4 (33.3%)
Washington Nationals 4 7-12 (36.8%) 0-4 (0%)
Chicago White Sox 3 12-7 (63.2%) 3-2 (60%)
Colorado Rockies 3 8-8 (50%) 2-2 (50%)
Baltimore Orioles 3 6-8 (42.9%) 1-2 (33.3%)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 3-5 (37.5%) 0-1 (0%)
Cincinnati Reds 3 2-7 (22.2%) 0-2 (0%)
Kansas City Royals 2 22-9 (71%) 5-1 (83.3%)
Toronto Blue Jays 2 10-10 (50%) 2-2 (50%)
Seattle Mariners 2 9-10 (47.4%) 2-2 (50%)
Milwaukee Brewers 2 6-9 (40%) 1-2 (33.3%)
San Diego Padres 2 1-6 (14.3%) 0-2 (0%)
Miami Marlins 1 11-6 (64.7%) 3-0 (100%)

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Best and worst performing playoff teams this century by game

Over the last 18 playoffs, Kansas City Royals have the best record in terms of winning percentage since they made it to back-to-back World Series in their only two playoff appearances.  The Royals, along with the Marlins, White Sox, and Giants, are the only teams to win 60% of their playoff games.

At the bottom are the Red, Twins, and Padres who are the only three teams to win less than 30% of their playoff games. The Padres only have managed one playoff win, which came in a 1-3 series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 NL Division Series.

Team Playoff Record (5 Best and Worst Teams)
Kansas City Royals 22-9 (71%)
Miami Marlins 11-6 (64.70%)
Chicago White Sox 12-7 (63.20%)
San Francisco Giants 48-30 (61.50%)
Philadelphia Phillies 27-19 (58.70%)
Washington Nationals 7-12 (36.80%)
Atlanta Braves 13-26 (33.30%)
Cincinnati Reds 2-7 (22.20%)
Minnesota Twins 6-22 (21.40%)
San Diego Padres 1-6 (14.30%)

Every MLB team's win percentage in the playoffs (2000-2017 by game, not series)‘The Yankees and Cardinals have the most wins by far, with the Giants and Red Sox below them being far ahead of the other 26 MLB teams. At the bottom, the Pirates, Red, and Padres all have less than half the amount of playoff wins as all other teams.

Team Playoff Games Won
New York Yankees 69
St. Louis Cardinals 65
San Fransico Giants 48
Boston Red Sox 46
Los Angeles Dodgers 32
Baltimore Orioles 6
Milwaukee Brewers 6
Minnesota Twins 6
Pittsburg Pirates 3
Cinncinatti Reds 2
San Diego Padres 1

Games won by every MLB team in the playoffs (2000-2017)

Wildcard play-in game record

In 2012, MLB added an extra play-in game to the postseason which sees two teams from the AL and NL play a winner-take-all game to get into the best-of-five Division Series. I did not count these games as series wins/losses or as sweeps/being swept. They still counted towards total playoff games won/lost.

Team Wildcard Record
San Francisco Giants 2-0
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0
Chicago Cubs 1-0
Houston Astros 1-0
Kansas City Royals 1-0
St. Louis Cardinals 1-0
Tampa Bay Rays 1-0
Toronto Blue Jays 1-0
Baltimore Orioles 1-1
New York Yankees 1-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 1-2
Atlanta Braves 0-1
Cincinnati Reds 0-1
Cleveland Indians 0-1
Colorado Rockies 0-1
Minnesota Twins 0-1
New York Mets 0-1
Oakland Athletics 0-1
Texas Rangers 0-1

Best and worst performing playoff teams this century by series

In terms of winning playoff series, only five teams have won over 60% of the ones they have played in this century. At the top are the Miami Marlins, as their only playoff appearance since 2000 resulted in them winning the World Series.

In fact, the Marlins have more playoff wins than 10 teams and as many or more playoff series wins than 15 teams. At the bottom are the Pirates, Reds, Padres, and Nationals, none of whom have won a playoff series.

Team Series Record
Miami Marlins 3-0 (100%)
Kansas City Royals 5-1 (83.3%)
San Francisco Giants 11-4 (73.3%)
Boston Red Sox 11-6 (64.7%)
New York Mets 5-3 (62.5%)
Minnesota Twins 1-6 (14.3%)
Oakland Athletics 1-7 (12.5%)
Atlanta Braves 1-8 (11.1%)
Pittsburgh Pirates 0-1 (0%)
Cincinnati Reds 0-2 (0%)
San Diego Padres 0-2 (0%)
Washington Nationals 0-4 (0%)

Every MLB team's win percentage in the playoffs by series (2000-2017)

Below is a table of the four best teams in terms of total series won in the playoffs. I opted to not add the bottom four teams since they are all the exact same ones as the above table.

Team Series Won
St. Louis Cardinals 15-10 (60%)
New York Yankees 14-11 (56%)
San Francisco Giants 11-4 (73.3%)
Boston Red Sox 11-6 (64.7%)

Series Won by ever MLB team in the playoffs (2000-2017)

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Playoff sweeps so far this century

Out of the 126 series to be played over these past 18 playoffs, there has been a total of 32 sweeps. The Boston Red Sox have the most accounting for 5 (12.5%) of all sweeps. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have the most sweeps (2) without having been swept.

The Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Capitals have all neither swept anyone or been swept yet. At the bottom, the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins have both been swept three times but never swept an opponent.

Team Swept Opp Got Swept
Boston Red Sox 4 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 1
St. Louis Cardinals 3 2
Kansas City Royals 2 0
New York Mets 2 0
Chicago White Sox 2 1
Colorado Rockies 2 1
New York Yankees 2 1
Detroit Tigers 2 2
Cleveland Indians 1 0
San Francisco Giants 1 0
Seattle Mariners 1 0
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0
Atlanta Braves 1 1
Baltimore Orioles 1 1
Oakland Athletics 1 1
Philadelphia Phillies 1 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 3
Los Angeles Angels 1 3
Miami Marlins 0 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0
Washington Nationals 0 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 1
San Diego Padres 0 1
Texas Rangers 0 1
Houston Astros 0 2
Chicago Cubs 0 3
Minnesota Twins 0 3

Getting to each playoff round

The St. Louis Cardinals have the most appearances in the NL Championship game with nine, while the New York Yankees have the most in the AL Championship game with eight. Both of these teams are also tied with the San Fransico Giants for the most World Series appearances with four.

19/31 (63.33%) of the league has made it to the World Series since 2000. Despite only having three playoff appearances between them, the Royals and Marlins have 3/36 (8.33%) of World Series appearances in this span. All but four teams (Nationals, Pirates, Reds, and Padres) have appeared in at least one NL/AL championship series.

Team Playoff App NL/AL Champ App WS App
St. Louis Cardinals 12 9 4
New York Yankees 14 8 4
San Francisco Giants 7 4 4
Boston Red Sox 9 5 3
Detroit Tigers 5 4 2
Houston Astros 5 3 2
Philadelphia Phillies 5 3 2
New York Mets 4 3 2
Texas Rangers 5 2 2
Kansas City Royals 2 2 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 5 1
Chicago Cubs 6 4 1
Los Angeles Angels 7 3 1
Cleveland Indians 5 2 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 2 1
Tampa Bay Rays 4 1 1
Chicago White Sox 3 1 1
Colorado Rockies 3 1 1
Miami Marlins 1 1 1
Seattle Mariners 2 2 0
Toronto Blue Jays 2 2 0
Atlanta Braves 9 1 0
Oakland Athletics 8 1 0
Minnesota Twins 7 1 0
Baltimore Orioles 3 1 0
Milwaukee Brewers 2 1 0
Washington Nationals 4 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 0 0
Cincinnati Reds 3 0 0
San Diego Padres 2 0 0

The World Series

The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants have dominated since 2000, winning 10/18 (55.55%) of all World Series. Boston is also undefeated in World Series while sporting an impressive 12-2 record in the Fall Classic.

The American League (AL) has been controlled by the Yankees and Red Sox who have 7/18 (38.88%) of the conferences’ total World Series appearances. Meanwhile, the National League has been dominated by the Cardinals and Giants, who have 8/18 (44.44%) of the total World Series appearances.

Team World Series App WS W/L WS Game Record
San Francisco Giants 4 3-1 15-8
New York Yankees 4 2-2 13-11
St. Louis Cardinals 4 2-2 10-12
Boston Red Sox 3 3-0 12-2
Kansas City Royals 2 1-1 7-5
Philadelphia Phillies 2 1-1 6-5
Houston Astros 2 1-1 4-7
Texas Rangers 2 0-2 4-8
New York Mets 2 0-2 2-8
Detroit Tigers 2 0-2 1-8
Chicago White Sox 1 1-0 4-0
Miami Marlins 1 1-0 4-2
Chicago Cubs 1 1-0 4-3
Los Angeles Angels 1 1-0 4-3
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1-0 4-3
Cleveland Indians 1 0-1 3-4
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0-1 3-4
Tampa Bay Rays 1 0-1 1-4
Colorado Rockies 1 0-1 0-4

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Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: “Baseball” by Rachel Xiao is a free to use stock photo from Pexels.com

https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ (Used to get playoff information for each team)

https://www.printyourbrackets.com/winning-percentage-calculator.php (Used to find win percentage for each team)

 

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