The Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a homestand to remember this week, going 6-1 against the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants to push themselves squarely into the National League Wild Card race.
The D-backs sit at 81-72 and are on a five-game winning streak. They are a game ahead of the Cubs for the second of three Wild Card spots and are having their best season since the launch of Arizona sports betting.
With Arizona last making the playoffs in 2017, the franchise’s return to October baseball would snap a lengthy postseason absence. As things stand currently, the D-backs have the sixth-longest playoff drought of any MLB franchise, now that Baltimore ended its six-year postseason hiatus. Ahead of Arizona’s weekend series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees, BetArizona.com took a look at the longest postseason droughts in MLB.
Longest MLB Playoff Droughts as of December 2023
Atlanta is the World Series favorite on Arizona sports betting apps at +250 odds. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second at +450, followed by Houston at +600.
Diamondbacks’ Postseason Odds Strong, Expected to End Drought
The D-backs’ playoff odds have continued to improve as the year progresses, with Caesars Sportsbook Arizona currently listing the Torey Lovullo-coached club at -475 to make the postseason — the Diamondbacks are +5000 to win the World Series.
Arizona making the playoffs would elevate Colorado to the sixth-longest MLB postseason drought — with the club last making the postseason in 2018. Detroit and the L.A. Angels have the longest playoff absences, with neither making it since 2014. For two teams on the list — Washington and Kansas City — their last playoff appearance coincides with a World Series title.
The D-backs look to continue their winning ways this weekend against a Yankees club squarely at .500 for the year (76-76) and on the wrong side of the playoff bubble. Another series win over New York would go a long way towards propelling Arizona back into the MLB playoffs for the first time in six years.
Arizona Diamondbacks Playoff Drought FAQ
As of December 2023, there are two teams tied for the longest active playoff droughts in MLB: the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels. Neither team has made the MLB Playoffs since 2014, and they'll have to wait until at least 2024 to break the streak.
The Arizona Diamondbacks last made the playoffs in 2017. They won the MLB Wild Card round vs. the Colorado Rockies 11-8 to clinch a spot before falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round, 0-3.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a great chance to end their playoff drought that dates back to 2017 this season. While they won't win the NL West their odds to make the playoffs over on the Caesars Sportsbook is currently -475.