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Related: Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games?

MLB Postseason Format Timeline:

  • Before 1969, the team with the best record from the AL and the team with the best record from the NL during the regular season played in the World Series.
  • Between 1969 and 1993, there was one playoff round before the World Series (AL/NLCS).
  • Between 1995 and 2011, there were two playoff rounds before the World Series (AL/NLDS, AL/NLCS).
  • Since 2012, there has been a play-in game for Wild Card teams, adding an additional game to the format for Wild Card teams.

Has any two teams in the World Series ever get there without losing a game during the postseason?

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Has any two teams in the World Series ever get there without losing a game during the postseason?

Yes. However, all these instances took place during the "one playoff round before the World Series" format between 1969 and 1993. Each of these teams went 3-0 before reaching the World Series.

  • 1969 - Mets vs. Orioles
  • 1970 - Orioles vs. Reds
  • 1975 - Reds vs. Red Sox

Between 1969 and 1993, 14 teams reached the World Series without losing a game. Since 1995, two teams have reached the World Series without losing a game:

The Royals were the first team in history to win their first eight playoff games(1). The Rockies, along with the Reds in 1976, won their first seven playoff games(2). Given the format at the time, seven consecutive playoff wins gave the Reds an undefeated postseason.

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