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MLB Playoffs History

+ 1903-2016
  • Though the Major League Playoffs format has changed over time, the current format involves 4 levels of playoff rounds and has been this way since 2012. For each league (AL,NL), 5 teams out of 15 qualify for the playoffs.
  • The winners of each of the 3 league divisions automatically qualify. Of the remaining teams, the top 2 records within each league qualify as wild card teams and play off in a 1 game playoff to see who will continue on to the divisional series.
  • There are 4 best-of-5 division series followed by 2 best-of-7 Championship Series (ALCS,NLCS). The final 2 teams (1 from AL, 1 from NL) will play in a best-of-7 World Series.
  • Complete list of Tie-Breaker games. These are games to break regular season ties for playoff spots.
  • YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    2016Chi Cubs vs. Cleveland (4-3)
    Chi Cubs vs. LA Dodgers (4-2)
    Cleveland vs. Toronto (4-1)
    Cleveland vs. Boston (3-0)
    Toronto vs. Texas (3-0)
    Chi Cubs vs. SF Giants (3-1)
    LA Dodgers vs. Washington (3-2)
    TOR vs. BAL (1-0)
    NYN vs. SFN (1-0)
    2015KC Royals vs. NY Mets (4-1)
    KC Royals vs. Toronto (4-2)
    NY Mets vs. Chi Cubs (4-0)
    Toronto vs. Texas (3-2)
    KC Royals vs. Houston (3-2)
    LA Dodgers vs. NY Mets (3-2)
    Chi Cubs vs. St. Louis (3-1)
    HOU vs. NYA (1-0)
    CHN vs. PIT (1-0)
    2014SF Giants vs. KC Royals (4-3)
    KC Royals vs. Baltimore (4-0)
    SF Giants vs. St. Louis (4-1)
    KC Royals vs. LA Angels (3-0)
    Baltimore vs. Detroit (3-0)
    SF Giants vs. Washington (3-1)
    St. Louis vs. LA Dodgers (3-1)
    KCA vs. OAK (1-0)
    PIT vs. SFN (1-0)
    2013Boston vs. St. Louis (4-2)
    Boston vs. Detroit (4-2)
    St. Louis vs. LA Dodgers (4-2)
    Boston vs. Tampa Bay (3-1)
    Detroit vs. Oakland (3-2)
    LA Dodgers vs. Atlanta (3-1)
    St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh (3-2)
    TBA vs. CLE (1-0)
    PIT vs. CIN (1-0)
    2012SF Giants vs. Detroit (4-0)
    Detroit vs. NY Yankees (4-0)
    SF Giants vs. St. Louis (4-3)
    Detroit vs. Oakland (3-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Baltimore (3-2)
    SF Giants vs. Cincinnati (3-2)
    St. Louis vs. Washington (3-2)
    BAL vs. TEX (1-0)
    SLN vs. ATL (1-0)
    2011St. Louis vs. Texas (4-3)
    Texas vs. Detroit (4-2)
    St. Louis vs. Milwaukee (4-2)
    Detroit vs. NY Yankees (3-2)
    Texas vs. Tampa Bay (3-1)
    Milwaukee vs. Arizona (3-2)
    St. Louis vs. Philadelphia (3-2)
    2010SF Giants vs. Texas (4-1)
    Texas vs. NY Yankees (4-2)
    SF Giants vs. Philadelphia (4-2)
    Texas vs. Tampa Bay (3-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Minnesota (3-0)
    Philadelphia vs. Cincinnati (3-0)
    SF Giants vs. Atlanta (3-1)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    2009NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. LA Angels (4-2)
    Philadelphia vs. LA Dodgers (4-1)
    NY Yankees vs. Minnesota (3-0)
    LA Angels vs. Boston (3-0)
    Philadelphia vs. Colorado (3-1)
    LA Dodgers vs. St. Louis (3-0)
    2008Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay (4-1)
    Tampa Bay vs. Boston (4-3)
    Philadelphia vs. LA Dodgers (4-1)
    Boston vs. LA Angels (3-1)
    Tampa Bay vs. Chi White Sox (3-1)
    LA Dodgers vs. Chi Cubs (3-0)
    Philadelphia vs. Milwaukee (3-1)
    2007Boston vs. Colorado (4-0)
    Boston vs. Cleveland (4-3)
    Colorado vs. Arizona (4-0)
    Boston vs. LA Angels (3-0)
    Cleveland vs. NY Yankees (3-1)
    Colorado vs. Philadelphia (3-0)
    Arizona vs. Chi Cubs (3-0)
    2006St. Louis vs. Detroit (4-1)
    Detroit vs. Oakland (4-0)
    St. Louis vs. NY Mets (4-3)
    Detroit vs. NY Yankees (3-1)
    Oakland vs. Minnesota (3-0)
    St. Louis vs. San Diego (3-1)
    NY Mets vs. LA Dodgers (3-0)
    2005Chi White Sox vs. Houston (4-0)
    Chi White Sox vs. LA Angels (4-1)
    Houston vs. St. Louis (4-2)
    LA Angels vs. NY Yankees (3-2)
    Chi White Sox vs. Boston (3-0)
    Houston vs. Atlanta (3-1)
    St. Louis vs. San Diego (3-0)
    2004Boston vs. St. Louis (4-0)
    Boston vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    St. Louis vs. Houston (4-3)
    Boston vs. Anaheim (3-0)
    NY Yankees vs. Minnesota (3-1)
    St. Louis vs. LA Dodgers (3-1)
    Houston vs. Atlanta (3-2)
    2003Florida vs. NY Yankees (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Boston (4-3)
    Florida vs. Chi Cubs (4-3)
    Boston vs. Oakland (3-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Minnesota (3-1)
    Chi Cubs vs. Atlanta (3-2)
    Florida vs. SF Giants (3-1)
    2002Anaheim vs. SF Giants (4-3)
    Anaheim vs. Minnesota (4-1)
    SF Giants vs. St. Louis (4-1)
    Anaheim vs. NY Yankees (3-1)
    Minnesota vs. Oakland (3-2)
    St. Louis vs. Arizona (3-0)
    SF Giants vs. Atlanta (3-2)
    2001Arizona vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    NY Yankees vs. Seattle (4-1)
    Arizona vs. Atlanta (4-1)
    Seattle vs. Cleveland (3-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Oakland (3-2)
    Arizona vs. St. Louis (3-2)
    Atlanta vs. Houston (3-0)
    2000NY Yankees vs. NY Mets (4-1)
    NY Yankees vs. Seattle (4-2)
    NY Mets vs. St. Louis (4-1)
    Seattle vs. Chi White Sox (3-0)
    NY Yankees vs. Oakland (3-2)
    NY Mets vs. SF Giants (3-1)
    St. Louis vs. Atlanta (3-0)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1999NY Yankees vs. Atlanta (4-0)
    NY Yankees vs. Boston (4-1)
    Atlanta vs. NY Mets (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Texas (3-0)
    Boston vs. Cleveland (3-2)
    Atlanta vs. Houston (3-1)
    NY Mets vs. Arizona (3-1)
    1998NY Yankees vs. San Diego (4-0)
    NY Yankees vs. Cleveland (4-2)
    San Diego vs. Atlanta (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Texas (3-0)
    Cleveland vs. Boston (3-1)
    San Diego vs. Houston (3-1)
    Atlanta vs. Chi Cubs (3-0)
    1997Florida vs. Cleveland (4-3)
    Cleveland vs. Baltimore (4-2)
    Florida vs. Atlanta (4-2)
    Baltimore vs. Seattle (3-1)
    Cleveland vs. NY Yankees (3-2)
    Atlanta vs. Houston (3-0)
    Florida vs. SF Giants (3-0)
    1996NY Yankees vs. Atlanta (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Baltimore (4-1)
    Atlanta vs. St. Louis (4-3)
    NY Yankees vs. Texas (3-1)
    Baltimore vs. Cleveland (3-1)
    Atlanta vs. LA Dodgers (3-0)
    St. Louis vs. San Diego (3-0)
    1995Atlanta vs. Cleveland (4-2)
    Cleveland vs. Seattle (4-2)
    Atlanta vs. Cincinnati (4-0)
    Cleveland vs. Boston (3-0)
    Seattle vs. NY Yankees (3-2)
    Cincinnati vs. LA Dodgers (3-0)
    Atlanta vs. Colorado (3-1)
    1993Toronto vs. Philadelphia (4-2)
    Toronto vs. Chi White Sox (4-2)
    Philadelphia vs. Atlanta (4-2)
    1992Toronto vs. Atlanta (4-2)
    Toronto vs. Oakland (4-2)
    Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh (4-3)
    1991Minnesota vs. Atlanta (4-3)
    Minnesota vs. Toronto (4-1)
    Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh (4-3)
    1990Cincinnati vs. Oakland (4-0)
    Oakland vs. Boston (4-0)
    Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh (4-2)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1989Oakland vs. SF Giants (4-0)
    Oakland vs. Toronto (4-1)
    SF Giants vs. Chi Cubs (4-1)
    1988LA Dodgers vs. Oakland (4-1)
    Oakland vs. Boston (4-0)
    LA Dodgers vs. NY Mets (4-3)
    1987Minnesota vs. St. Louis (4-3)
    Minnesota vs. Detroit (4-1)
    St. Louis vs. SF Giants (4-3)
    1986NY Mets vs. Boston (4-3)
    Boston vs. California (4-3)
    NY Mets vs. Houston (4-2)
    1985KC Royals vs. St. Louis (4-3)
    KC Royals vs. Toronto (4-3)
    St. Louis vs. LA Dodgers (4-2)
    1984Detroit vs. San Diego (4-1)
    Detroit vs. KC Royals (3-0)
    San Diego vs. Chi Cubs (3-2)
    1983Baltimore vs. Philadelphia (4-1)
    Baltimore vs. Chi White Sox (3-1)
    Philadelphia vs. LA Dodgers (3-1)
    1982St. Louis vs. Milwaukee (4-3)
    Milwaukee vs. California (3-2)
    St. Louis vs. Atlanta (3-0)
    1981LA Dodgers vs. NY Yankees (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Oakland (3-0)
    LA Dodgers vs. Montreal (3-2)
    NY Yankees vs. Milwaukee (3-2)
    Oakland vs. KC Royals (3-0)
    Montreal vs. Philadelphia (3-2)
    LA Dodgers vs. Houston (3-2)
    1980Philadelphia vs. KC Royals (4-2)
    KC Royals vs. NY Yankees (3-0)
    Philadelphia vs. Houston (3-2)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1979Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (4-3)
    Baltimore vs. California (3-1)
    Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (3-0)
    1978NY Yankees vs. LA Dodgers (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. KC Royals (3-1)
    LA Dodgers vs. Philadelphia (3-1)
    1977NY Yankees vs. LA Dodgers (4-2)
    NY Yankees vs. KC Royals (3-2)
    LA Dodgers vs. Philadelphia (3-1)
    1976Cincinnati vs. NY Yankees (4-0)
    NY Yankees vs. KC Royals (3-2)
    Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia (3-0)
    1975Cincinnati vs. Boston (4-3)
    Boston vs. Oakland (3-0)
    Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh (3-0)
    1974Oakland vs. LA Dodgers (4-1)
    Oakland vs. Baltimore (3-1)
    LA Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh (3-1)
    1973Oakland vs. NY Mets (4-3)
    Oakland vs. Baltimore (3-2)
    NY Mets vs. Cincinnati (3-2)
    1972Oakland vs. Cincinnati (4-3)
    Oakland vs. Detroit (3-2)
    Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh (3-2)
    1971Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (4-3)
    Baltimore vs. Oakland (3-0)
    Pittsburgh vs. SF Giants (3-1)
    1970Baltimore vs. Cincinnati (4-1)
    Baltimore vs. Minnesota (3-0)
    Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh (3-0)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1969NY Mets vs. Baltimore (4-1)
    Baltimore vs. Minnesota (3-0)
    NY Mets vs. Atlanta (3-0)
    1968Detroit vs. St. Louis (4-3)
    1967St. Louis vs. Boston (4-3)
    1966Baltimore vs. LA Dodgers (4-0)
    1965LA Dodgers vs. Minnesota (4-3)
    1964St. Louis vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    1963LA Dodgers vs. NY Yankees (4-0)
    1962NY Yankees vs. SF Giants (4-3)
    1961NY Yankees vs. Cincinnati (4-1)
    1960Pittsburgh vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1959LA Dodgers vs. Chi White Sox (4-2)
    1958NY Yankees vs. Milwaukee (4-3)
    1957Milwaukee vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    1956NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-3)
    1955Brooklyn vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    1954NY Giants vs. Cleveland (4-0)
    1953NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-2)
    1952NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-3)
    1951NY Yankees vs. NY Giants (4-2)
    1950NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia (4-0)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1949NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-1)
    1948Cleveland vs. Boston (4-2)
    1947NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-3)
    1946St. Louis vs. Boston (4-3)
    1945Detroit vs. Chi Cubs (4-3)
    1944St. Louis vs. St. Louis (4-2)
    1943NY Yankees vs. St. Louis (4-1)
    1942St. Louis vs. NY Yankees (4-1)
    1941NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn (4-1)
    1940Cincinnati vs. Detroit (4-3)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1939NY Yankees vs. Cincinnati (4-0)
    1938NY Yankees vs. Chi Cubs (4-0)
    1937NY Yankees vs. NY Giants (4-1)
    1936NY Yankees vs. NY Giants (4-2)
    1935Detroit vs. Chi Cubs (4-2)
    1934St. Louis vs. Detroit (4-3)
    1933NY Giants vs. Washington (4-1)
    1932NY Yankees vs. Chi Cubs (4-0)
    1931St. Louis vs. Philadelphia (4-3)
    1930Philadelphia vs. St. Louis (4-2)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1929Philadelphia vs. Chi Cubs (4-1)
    1928NY Yankees vs. St. Louis (4-0)
    1927NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh (4-0)
    1926St. Louis vs. NY Yankees (4-3)
    1925Pittsburgh vs. Washington (4-3)
    1924Washington vs. NY Giants (4-3)
    1923NY Yankees vs. NY Giants (4-2)
    1922NY Giants vs. NY Yankees (4-1)
    1921NY Giants vs. NY Yankees (5-3)
    1919Cincinnati vs. Chi White Sox (5-3)
    1918Boston vs. Chi Cubs (4-2)
    1917Chi White Sox vs. NY Giants (4-2)
    1915Boston vs. Philadelphia (4-1)
    1914Boston vs. Philadelphia (4-0)
    1913Philadelphia vs. NY Giants (4-1)
    1912Boston vs. NY Giants (5-3)
    1911Philadelphia vs. NY Giants (4-2)
    1910Philadelphia vs. Chi Cubs (4-1)
    YearWorld Series (WS)AL Championship Series (ALCS)NL Championship Series (NLCS)AL Divisional Series (ALDS)NL Divisional Series (NLDS)AL Wild CardNL Wild Card
    1909Pittsburgh vs. Detroit (4-3)
    1908Chi Cubs vs. Detroit (4-1)
    1907Chi Cubs vs. Detroit (5-0)
    1906Chi White Sox vs. Chi Cubs (4-2)


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