Poll: Which Team Will End Its Playoff Drought First?

In the past decade, 80% of baseball’s 30 teams have made it to the playoffs at least once. That leaves six franchises that haven’t appeared in a postseason game in the last ten years: the Mariners, Orioles, Blue Jays, Pirates, Royals and Nationals/Expos. 

It’d be a surprise if the Mariners, Orioles, Pirates or Royals made a postseason appearance this year, but the Nationals and Blue Jays could contend, especially now that there’s a second Wild Card berth in each league. That said, the NL East and AL East project as tough divisions, so you could make a case for a number of teams (most recent postseason appearance in parentheses).


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andrewmets9
3 years 3 months ago

Are you technically in the playoffs if you get a wild card, but lose the play in game against the second wild card?

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Runtime
3 years 3 months ago

Yes.

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Gumby65
3 years 3 months ago

 Probably by new definition tho it sure reeks of “Play in” during conventional standings ties.

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3 years 3 months ago

I think the Mariners could sneak in. I don’t buy the Nationals. I don’t see enough consistent hitting from their lineup. The Blue Jays don’t have the pitching. If the Mariners can get the tiniest bit of offense I think they could surprise people. 

However I don’t think any of these teams make the playoffs this season. 

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JacksTigers
3 years 3 months ago

You don’t buy the Nats offense but you do buy the M’s. Remember that besides Felix, the M’s rotation isn’t that great. The Nats have the better hitting and pitching of the two.

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3 years 3 months ago

I’m not really buying any of them for this season, but with the talent in the system the Nats do seem like the best bet to break the drought longer term.

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LUWahooNatFan
3 years 3 months ago

I’m biased, but Nationals seem like the obvious choice

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Gumby65
3 years 3 months ago

 I’m unbiased and agree with you.

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

I’m not a Nationals fan, but they do appear to be the most likely choice, since it seems they have done the most to improve their team. 

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shockey12
3 years 3 months ago

I’m a Jays fan and I voted Nats. They play in an easier division (albeit probably the next hardest after the A.L. East). The Phillies are getting older and their domination of the N.L. Won’t last much longer IMO. Gio, Jackson, Strasburg is a good 1-3 and Harper coming up could be a big boost to the offense.

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

Gio may be able to get with walking half the lineup in Oakland but I don’t think Nationals Park will be as forgiving. 

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3 years 3 months ago

you forgot about Jordan Zimmerman who is likely #2 in that rotation.

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michael hughes
3 years 3 months ago

I gotta go with the Nats. Lotta talent coming through the pipeline, some decent free agent signings, and some serious question marks for their in division competition. With the new wild card spot I think they have a shot making it pretty soon with a few lucky breaks. I’d say the Jays but their division puts up more serious obstacles.