There are two teams in this year’s postseason field that snapped long playoff droughts to finally return to the big dance.
Seattle had not been to the postseason since all the way back in 2001, when they won 116 games and reached the ALCS, falling in five games to the New York Yankees.
The Philadelphia Phillies also snapped a long postseason drought with a win in Houston last night.
The Phillies last made it in 2011, where they were knocked out in brutal fashion in the NLDS by the eventual World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 4, 2022
Phils, M’s Snap Postseason Droughts
It’s nice to have some new teams in the postseason.
For Seattle, it’s been a long time coming.
There have been two decades full of heartbreak and near misses.
Even last season, they came close to snapping the drought.
They finished 90-72 on the season, but were two games back of the Yankees for the second Wild Card spot.
With the playoff field expanded, a spot opened up for them.
The same can be said for the Phillies.
Their last postseason game was a heartbreaker.
The Cardinals scored a run two batters into the game, and it was all Carpenter would need as the Cards won 1-0.
But now, both these teams are back in action for the playoffs and things are getting exciting.
The Phillies are on pace to match up with the same Cardinals that eliminated them in 2011, while the Mariners seem to be headed towards a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.