|TEAM||2015 WORLD SERIES ODDS||2014 RECORD||2014 FINISH||2014 PLAYOFFS|
|Washington Nationals||5-1||96-66||1st NL East||Lost to Giants in NLDS 3-1|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||8-1||94-68||1st NL West||Lost to Cardinals in NLDS 3-1|
|Los Angeles Angels||12-1||98-64||1st AL West||Lost to Royals in ALDS 3-0|
|St. Louis Cardinals||13-1||90-72||1st NL Central||Lost to Giants in NLCS 4-1|
|Boston Red Sox||14-1||71-91||Last AL East|
|Chicago Cubs||14-1||73-89||Last NL Central|
|Seattle Mariners||15-1||87-75||3rd AL West|
|San Francisco Giants||16-1||88-74||2nd NL West||Won WS over Royals 4-3|
|Chicago White Sox||18-1||73-89||4th NL Central|
|San Diego Padres||20-1||77-85||3rd NL West|
|Detroit Tigers||22-1||90-72||1st AL Central||Lost to Orioles in ALDS 3-0|
|Cleveland Indians||25-1||85-77||3rd AL Central|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||25-1||88-74||2nd NL Central||Lost to Giants in NLWC 1-0|
|New York Mets||28-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|New York Yankees||28-1||84-78||2nd AL East|
|Toronto Blue Jays||28-1||83-79||3rd AL East|
|Baltimore Orioles||30-1||96-66||1st AL East||Lost to Royals in ALCS 4-0|
|Kansas City Royals||35-1||89-73||2nd AL Central||Lost WS to Giants 4-3|
|Miami Marlins||38-1||77-85||4th NL East|
|Oakland Athletics||40-1||88-74||2nd AL West||Lost to Royals in ALWC 1-0|
|Tampa Bay Rays||45-1||77-85||4th AL East|
|Texas Rangers||45-1||67-95||Last AL West|
|Houston Astros||60-1||70-92||4th AL West|
|Cincinnati Reds||70-1||76-86||4th NL Central|
|Milwaukee Brewers||70-1||82-80||3rd NL Central|
|Atlanta Braves||100-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|Minnesota Twins||120-1||70-92||Last AL Central|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||125-1||64-98||Last NL West|
|Colorado Rockies||125-1||66-96||4th NL West|
|Philadelphia Phillies||275-1||73-89||Last NL East|
With all the talk about the Royals finally making the postseason after a looong 28 years, you’d think it was the only team getting over a huge hump. Not even close.
The hapless Orioles have made the playoffs four times during that period (including 2014), but they’ve been waiting for a ring even longer than KC.
And the Nationals? Don’t get me started. Since moving to Washington, the Nats franchise has made the postseason twice (again, including this season) in 10 years. But, if you include the Montreal Expos, that’s just three playoff appearances in 46 years – and no title either. Top that.
Well, it’s hard to match those postseason numbers, but there are four other teams that have waited even longer for a championship than the Montreal-Washington franchise.
Two have never hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy at all, both out of Texas. The Texas Rangers (1961, as the second iteration of the Washington Senators) and Houston Astros (1962, as the Colt .45’s) have never won the World Series.
The Cleveland Indians have been around since the National and American Leagues “unified” into Major League Baseball (1901, as the Cleveland Blues) and have two titles to their credit (1920 and 1948). But that last one, was their last one. It’s been 66 years.
Of course, though, no team in American sports can touch the accursed Chicago Cubs. There’s hardly a person alive that saw them win it all. It’s been over a century – 106 years, man!
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|TEAM||YEARS SINCE LAST WORLD SERIES TITLE||LAST TITLE||FRANCHISE NOTES|
|3.||Texas Rangers||54||None||Includes Washington Senators II|
|4.||Houston Astros||53||None||Includes Houston Colt .45’s|
|5.*||Washington Nationals||46*||None||Includes Montreal Expos|
|5.||Milwaukee Brewers||46||None||Includes Seattle Pilots|
|5.||San Diego Padres||46||None|
|12.*||Kansas City Royals||28*||1985|
|12.||New York Mets||28||1986|
|14.*||Los Angeles Dodgers||25*||1988|
|19.||Toronto Blue Jays||21||1993|
|21.||Tampa Bay Rays||17||None||Includes Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|23.*||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||11*||2002|
|23.||Miami Marlins||11||2003||Includes Florida Marlins|
|25.||Chicago White Sox||9||2005|
|27.||New York Yankees||5||2009|
|28.*||St. Louis Cardinals||2*||2011|
|29.*||San Francisco Giants||1*||2012|
|29.||Boston Red Sox||1||2013|
* As of the date of this post, these teams are still alive in the postseason, so I have not added 2014 to their drought numbers (yet).
Well, the regular season is.
I’ve reposted those odds below, along with the 10 playoff teams’ odds of going all the way.
How do they compare?
Favorably, as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers are concerned. The Dodgers were the favorites going into 2014 and they are the favorites heading into the postseason (along with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels).
Way off base was the 15-1 call on the reigning champion Boston Red Sox, who wound up finishing 20 games under .500 and in dead last.
Enjoy the postseason!
|TEAM||PRESEASON ODDS||POSTSEASON ODDS TO WIN 2014 WORLD SERIES||2014 RECORD||2014 FINISH|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||11-2||9-2 (1)||94-68||1st NL West|
|Detroit Tigers||8-1||6-1 (2)||90-72||1st AL Central|
|St. Louis Cardinals||9-1||7-1 (3)||90-72||1st NL Central|
|Washington Nationals||12-1||9-2 (1)||96-66||1st NL East|
|New York Yankees||12-1||84-78||2nd AL East|
|Boston Red Sox||15-1||71-91||Last AL East|
|Tampa Bay Rays||15-1||77-85||4th AL East|
|Atlanta Braves||18-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|Los Angeles Angels||18-1||9-2 (1)||98-64||1st AL West|
|Oakland Athletics||18-1||10-1 (4)||88-74||2nd AL West|
|Texas Rangers||18-1||67-95||Last AL West|
|San Francisco Giants||20-1||14-1 (5)||88-74||2nd NL West|
|Cincinnati Reds||30-1||76-86||4th NL Central|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||30-1||14-1 (5)||88-74||2nd NL Central|
|Baltimore Orioles||40-1||6-1 (2)||96-66||1st AL East|
|Seattle Mariners||50-1||87-75||3rd AL West|
|Toronto Blue Jays||50-1||83-79||3rd AL East|
|Kansas City Royals||50-1||14-1 (5)||89-73||2nd AL Central|
|Chicago White Sox||50-1||73-39||4th AL Central|
|Cleveland Indians||50-1||85-77||3rd AL Central|
|Philadelphia Phillies||60-1||73-89||Last NL East|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||60-1||64-98||Last NL West|
|San Diego Padres||60-1||77-85||3rd NL West|
|Colorado Rockies||70-1||66-96||4th NL West|
|Milwaukee Brewers||70-1||82-80||3rd NL Central|
|New York Mets||100-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|Miami Marlins||125-1||77-85||4th NL East|
|Chicago Cubs||125-1||73-89||Last NL Central|
|Minnesota Twins||125-1||70-92||Last NL Central|
|Houston Astros||250-1||70-92||4th AL Central|
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