The American League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS) are set with the Kansas City Royals facing the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS and the Chicago Cubs taking on the New York Mets in the NLCS. The Royals are the only team of the four that played in the LCS last season; they won the ALCS and then lost to the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series.
For the Blue Jays, this is their first trip to the ALCS since 1993 when they eventually won the second of their two championships. The Cubs are making their first NLCS since 2003, while the Mets last NLCS came in 2006.
While it has been 23 years since Toronto played in the ALCS, it is not the longest drought for a team playing in an LCS. The Washington Nationals franchise has not played in an LCS since 1981 when the team played in Montreal. While every team currently in the American League has been in an LCS this century, there are four teams in the National League that have not played in an LCS since 2000.
Here’s a look at the last time each MLB franchise played in an LCS.
2005: Chicago White Sox, Houston (when team was in the National League)
2008: Tampa Bay
2009: L.A. Angels
2012: N.Y. Yankees
2013: Boston, Detroit
2015: Kansas City, Toronto
1981: Washington (last made the NLCS as Montreal Expos)
1998: San Diego
2007: Arizona, Colorado
2013: L.A. Dodgers
2014: San Francisco, St. Louis
2015: Chicago Cubs, N.Y. Mets
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(Jerry Tapp is the author of the recently published book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know.” It is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble)