Last time each MLB team was in the LCS


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.

American League
2001: Seattle
2002: Minnesota
2005: Chicago White Sox, Houston (when team was in the National League)
2006: Oakland
2007: Cleveland
2008: Tampa Bay
2009: L.A. Angels
2011: Texas
2012: N.Y. Yankees
2013: Boston, Detroit
2014: Baltimore
2015: Kansas City, Toronto

National League
1981: Washington (last made the NLCS as Montreal Expos)
1992: Pittsburgh
1995: Cincinnati
1998: San Diego
2001: Atlanta
2003: Miami
2007: Arizona, Colorado
2010: Philadelphia
2011: Milwaukee
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 and Barnes and Noble)


2 responses

  1. […] Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ looks at the last time each franchise made an LCS appearance. […]

  2. It’s the series we’ve all been waiting for.

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