Yankees' all-time head-to-head playoff record against all MLB teams

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The Yankees have played almost every other baseball team in the postseason at least once, so how have they fared against their rivals?

With the Yankees' playoff record unfortunately frozen in time for a season until they reach the playoffs again, now is as good a time as any to look back on their head-to-head record against each of the 29 other MLB teams. In total, they have gone 223-150-1 in the playoffs, a .596 winning percentage that would translate to 96 wins in a 162-game schedule. Given that record, it should not be so surprising that they've won 27 World Series titles and 40 American League pennants in their 51 playoff appearances.

There are only six teams that the Yankees have never faced in the playoffs: the White Sox, Rockies, Astros, Rays, Blue Jays, and Nationals. The Rockies' and Astros' lone pennants occurred in 2005 and 2007, when the Yankees lost in the ALDS, and the Nationals (previously the Montreal Expos) have never won the pennant. Being in the same division as the Yankees throughout their history, the Blue Jays could never face the Yankees in the playoffs until the Wild Card era began in 1995, and they haven't made the playoffs since '93. The Rays only became good five years ago; they have only made the playoffs at the same time as the Yankees twice (in 2010, when they lost to the Rangers in the ALDS to blow a potential ALCS matchup, and in 2011, when both teams lost in the ALDS).

The lack of a White Sox matchup throughout the Yankees' history is the most surprising of the six teams since they've always been in a separate division than the Yankees, but they have also only made the playoffs five times since divisional play began in 1969. The Yankees missed the playoffs in three of those years, and in the two where an ALCS matchup was possible given one team's ALDS victory, the 2000 White Sox were swept by the Mariners in their division series, and the 2005 Yankees lost to the Angels in their division series. Some year, they will get it right.

Without further ado, here is the list of head-to-head matchups.

Team Games W L Pct. Most Memorable Victory
Arizona Diamondbacks 7 3 4 0.429 2001 WS G4: Against closer Kim, Tino HR ties in 9th and Jeter HR walks off in 10th
Atlanta/Milwaukee Braves 24 15 9 0.625 1996 WS G4: Leyritz HR ties in 8th; Yanks win in 10 to tie series
Baltimore Orioles 10 7 3 0.700 1996 ALCS G1: Fan-aided Jeter HR ties in 8th; Bernie HR wins it in 10th
Boston Red Sox 19 11 8 0.579 2003 ALCS G7: 3-run rally off Pedro ties in 8th; Boone HR ends series in 11th
Chicago Cubs 8 8 0 1.000 1932 WS G3: Ruth supposedly calls shot at Wrigley Field in 7-5 win
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Cincinnati Reds 13 8 5 0.615 1939 WS G4: Catcher Lombardi's "snooze" leads to 3-run 10th; Reds swept
Cleveland Indians 15 7 8 0.467 1998 ALCS G4: Rookie "El Duque" throws 7 scoreless; 114-win Yanks tie series
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Detroit Tigers 13 3 10 0.231 2011 ALDS G1: Rain-interrupted game resumes day late; Cano slams in 9-3 win
Houston Astros 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Kansas City Royals 14 9 5 0.643 1976 ALCS G5: Chambliss walk-off HR wins series as home crowd storms field
Los Angeles/Anaheim Angels 14 7 7 0.500 2009 ALCS G2: A-Rod HR ties in 11th; Yanks win in 13 to take 2-0 series lead
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers 66 37 29 0.561 1956 WS G5: Larsen hurls the only postseason perfect game in MLB history
Miami/Florida Marlins 6 2 4 0.333 2003 WS G2: Pettitte nearly shuts out Marlins as Yanks tie World Series
Milwaukee Brewers 5 3 2 0.600 1981 ALDS G5: Yanks avoid blowing 2-0 series lead with 7-3 win in decisive game
Minnesota Twins 14 12 2 0.857 2009 ALDS G2: A-Rod HR ties in 9th and Teixeira HR wins in 10th
New York Mets 5 4 1 0.800 2000 WS G5: Yanks finish off Mets at Shea thanks to Sojo's 9th inning 2-run single
Oakland A's 13 9 4 0.692 2001 ALDS G3: 1-0 victory staves off sweep as Jeter's "flip play" preserves shutout
Philadelphia Phillies 10 8 2 0.800 2009 WS G6: Series MVP Matsui homers and drives in 6 as Yanks clinch series
Pittsburgh Pirates 11 7 4 0.636 1927 WS G4: Miljus wild pitch brings Combs home with series-ending run
San Diego Padres 4 4 0 1.000 1998 WS G1: Knoblauch 3-run HR and Tino slam in 7th give Yanks 9-5 lead
San Francisco/New York Giants 43 23 19 0.535 1962 WS G7: Tense 1-0 game ends on McCovey's bases-loaded-lineout in 9th
Seattle Mariners 16 10 6 0.625 2001 ALCS G4: Bernie HR ties in 8th; rookie Soriano HR walks off in 9th
St. Louis Cardinals 28 15 13 0.536 1964 WS G3: Mantle hits walk-off HR off Schulz; Yanks take 2-1 series lead
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Texas Rangers 16 11 5 0.688 1996 ALDS G2: Fielder single ties in 8th; Yanks walk off on error in 12th to tie series
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 N/A N/A

I arbitrarily determined the most memorable victory, but I'm certain there wouldn't be much contest for most of them. The near-misses with the 2001 World Series Game 5 against the Diamondbacks, 2012 ALDS Game 3 against the Orioles, 1977 World Series Game 6 against the Dodgers, 2000 World Series Game 1 against the Mets, 2009 World Series Game 4 against the Phillies, 1998 World Series Game 3 against the Padres, and the 1995 ALDS Game 2 against the Mariners. If you think any others could have made the list, sound off in the comments.

Here's to many more years of Yankee playoff success in 2014 and beyond.

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