MLB World Series droughts: Some 2021 postseason teams looking to snap title-less streaks

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The MLB Postseason will feature the top teams in baseball and some of the most storied franchises in the sport’s history.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a chance to defend their World Series title from last year, which was won during the coronavirus pandemic in a shortened season. The Dodgers will have to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League wild-card game to advance to the division series.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are also vying for a World Series as well. They are meeting against each other in the American League wild-card game.

Here’s the last time each of this year’s playoff teams last won a World Series.

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Los Angeles Dodgers – 1 Year

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates his home run with Enrique Hernandez against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates his home run with Enrique Hernandez against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Los Angeles finished the 2021 season with a record of 106-56. They will get a chance to defend their World Series title but need to get out of the wild-card game first. The Dodgers won their seventh World Series last season.

Boston Red Sox – 3 Years

Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers (11) high fives teammate Boston Red Sox Hunter Renfroe (10) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Minneapolis. Boston won 4-2.

Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers (11) high fives teammate Boston Red Sox Hunter Renfroe (10) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Minneapolis. Boston won 4-2.
(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

It’s only been three years since the Red Sox won their last title. Alex Cora was the manager at the time and he returned to the team after a year away over the team’s own cheating scandal and the reverberations from when Cora was with the Houston Astros. Boston also needs to get out of the wild card to have a legitimate shot.

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Houston Astros – 4 Years

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel, center, celebrates his winning hit during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Houston.

Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel, center, celebrates his winning hit during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Houston.
(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The Astros are making their fifth consecutive postseason appearance after winning the AL West division. The team nearly got to the World Series last year but lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in seven games in the American League Championship Series. The team last won the title in 2017.

San Francisco Giants – 7 Years

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey runs home to score against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey runs home to score against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

This year’s San Francisco Giants team is far removed from the days of its dynasty in the early 2010s. But in 2021, the team won the NL West and finished with the best record in baseball. Buster Posey will look to win another ring and the team’s first since 2014.

St. Louis Cardinals – 10 Years

St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson (3) is congratulated by teammates Yadier Molina (4) and Paul Goldschmidt after hitting a grand slam during the eighth inning of a baseball against the San Diego Padres game Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in St. Louis.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Dylan Carlson (3) is congratulated by teammates Yadier Molina (4) and Paul Goldschmidt after hitting a grand slam during the eighth inning of a baseball against the San Diego Padres game Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Cardinals are back in the postseason after two consecutive disappointing exits. St. Louis rode a 17-game winning streak to get into the wild-card picture. It’s been a decade since they won their last World Series. The team has 11 championships to their name.

New York Yankees – 12 Years

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in New York. The Yankees won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in New York. The Yankees won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Yankees went an entire decade without winning a World Series. The expectations were high going into 2021 but they had to settle for a wild-card spot. New York will need to beat the Red Sox to get into the division series.

Chicago White Sox – 16 Years

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasmani Grandal during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Chicago. 

Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasmani Grandal during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Chicago. 
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The White Sox have fielded their best team in years. Chicago won the AL Central division for the first time since 2008. The team won the World Series in 2005 after a long drought. The team has a rematch of the ’05 World Series against the Astros in the division series.

Tampa Bay Rays – 23 Years

Tampa Bay Rays' Manuel Margot, center, is congratulated by teammates after his game-winning single against the Kansas City Royals during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 2-1.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Manuel Margot, center, is congratulated by teammates after his game-winning single against the Kansas City Royals during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 2-1.
(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

The Rays are the best team in the American League and won another division title. The team has appeared in two World Series since entering MLB as an expansion team in 1998. 

Atlanta Braves – 26 Years

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman high fives Austin Riley (27) after scoring on a double hit by Ozzie Albies during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Phoenix. 

Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman high fives Austin Riley (27) after scoring on a double hit by Ozzie Albies during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Phoenix. 
(AP Photo/Matt York)

The Braves were among the top teams in the 1990s before running into the New York Yankees in the World Series for a few years. The Braves last won it all in 1995 despite going consecutive years winning the NL East. Atlanta is back in the playoffs and has a division series matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers – 52 Years

Milwaukee Brewers' Corbin Burnes reacts after striking out a batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Corbin Burnes reacts after striking out a batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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Speaking of the Brewers, they have the longest World Series title drought of all the current postseason teams. They’ve only been to the World Series one time since entering MLB in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots – that was in 1982. Milwaukee won the NL Central, but a World Series appearance is going to be a tough task.  



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