Even for the most die-hard MLB fans, it’s easy to lose track of games or forget them altogether over the course of a 162-game regular season. But when it comes to the best MLB postseason games ever played, everyone has the memory of an elephant. Whether it’s because a player had one of the best playoff performances in history or because a part of the game stands out as one of the best playoff moments, fans can always remember the greatest MLB playoff games of all time. .
Of course, with over 100 years of history, it’s not always easy to distinguish the best MLB postseason games from those that were above average or involved your favorite team.
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the best playoff moments and the greatest MLB playoff games of all time. Keep in mind that it’s not just the best moments or the best performances in the playoffs, it’s the game as a whole.
The best MLB playoff games
However, we were excited to do the groundwork on this dilemma. We wanted to choose games that not only had an exciting ending or memorable moment, but rather games that were compelling from start to finish.
With that in mind, here is our list of the best MLB postseason games ever played.
10. 1995 ALDS, Game 5
It takes a lot for a Division Series game to attract a lot of attention and be remembered as one of the best MLB postseason games ever played. But this decisive Game 5 had it all, including the Mariners who played their first playoff series against the Yankees of all teams.
There was no way Seattle was going to beat the mighty Yankees, especially when the Yankees took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 11th. But the Mariners rallied in the bottom of the inning with Edgar Martinez hitting a two-run double and Ken Griffey Jr. sliding home with the winning run.
9. 2016 World Series, Game 7
For Cubs fans, this was the day the dream finally came true, although it wasn’t easy.
The teams kept trading runs all night until the Cubs took a 6-3 lead. But Cleveland scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a two-run home run by Rajai Davis. Just as the game was about to go into additional innings, there was a rain delay, which had never happened in a Game 7 before and only added to the drama and anxiety.
The Cubs would score two runs in the 11th and return one in the bottom of the inning before clinging to victory and a more than a century-long championship in the works.
8. 1993 World Series, Game 6
This game is also best remembered for its ending, although the run-up to the ending was something special too.
The Phillies won Game 5 to stay alive, but then immediately fell behind 3-0 in the first inning of another must-win game. However, a five-run seventh inning by the Phils changed everything, giving them a 6-5 lead, allowing Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams to close it out in the ninth.
However, Williams allowed a walk and a single, allowing Joe Carter to step to the plate and hit a ball that just went through the wall for a three-run home run to end the World Series and hit the Blue Jays their second straight game. qualification. It was only the second time in postseason history that the World Series ended with a home run.
7. 2003 ALDS, Game 7
Any Game 7 between the Yankees and Red Sox is sure to be one of the best MLB postseason games ever played.
The entire series was a back-and-forth battle and so was Game 7. The Red Sox scored early with three runs in the second inning, while the Yankees got their runs late, scoring three in the eighth to force additional innings. Ultimately, it was Aaron Boone who received a knuckle ball from Tim Wakefield in the bottom of the 11th to send the Yankees to the World Series.
6. 2014 American League Wild Card
There is no doubt that this game put the “wild” in Wild Card Game. The Athletics thought they had won the game when they scored five runs in the sixth inning to go 7-3.
But the Royals had three runs in the eighth and scored another run in the ninth to tie the game. After a tense but scoreless pair of innings, Oakland took the lead again in the twelfth, only for the Royals to rally back against the wall for the 9-8 victory. With 12 innings, it was the longest elimination game of all time and helped propel Kansas City to the World Series.
5. 1975 World Series, Game 6
This game is best known for Carlton Fisk’s epic home run to win the game in the bottom of the 12th. But this game had much more than that.
Heading into elimination, Boston scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead. But the Reds scored three runs in the fifth and eventually took a 6-3 lead, only for the Red Sox to score three runs again in the eighth to force additional innings. Fenway Park was full of nervous energy during additional innings until Fisk raised one over the Green Monster to force a Game 7.
4. 1978 One-Game Playoff to decide the AL East
Knowing the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox, one can imagine the atmosphere in a game playoff to decide the winner of the American League East.
That’s exactly what we got in 1978 when both teams won 99 games, forcing an additional game with the underdog knowing there was no wild card to fall back on. Mike Torrez kept the Yankees scoreless for six innings, allowing the Red Sox to take a 2-0 lead.
However, things fell apart in the seventh inning when the Yankees scored four runs, highlighted by a home run by Bucky Dent that gave the Yankees the lead. The Red Sox responded with two runs in the eighth to make a 5-4 deficit and then put two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth. But Goose Gossage convinced Carl Yastrzemski’s final out to end the game and allow the Yankees to win another World Series.
3. 2011 World Series, Game 6
This game was a marathon and an instant classic that will likely stick around for decades to come.
The third inning is the only one in which both teams failed to score at least one run, so this was back and forth throughout the night. The Rangers thought they had won it after a three-run seventh inning put them up 7-4. But the Cardinals came back with a David Freese 3-pointer in the ninth inning to tie the game.
Adding to the drama, both teams scored two runs in the 10th inning, sending the stalemate into the 11th inning. Once again, it was Freese playing hero, hitting a home run to send the series to Game 7, which St. Louis also won at home.
2. 1986 NLCS, Game 6
This game might be the only time in baseball history that both teams considered Game 6 to be an elimination game.
The Mets led the series 3-2, but they weren’t confident in beating Mike Scott, who was in line to pitch Game 7 for the Astros, so they knew they had to win Game 6 in Houston.
Of course, things started badly with the Astros scoring three runs in the first inning. The Mets were scoreless until they scored three runs in the top of the ninth to pitch additional innings.
The game would end up lasting 16 innings with both teams facing the stress of an elimination game. Until the 16th inning, the only touchdown came in the 14th, when both teams scored a run. The Mets finally scored three runs in the 16 and barely held on with the Astros scoring two runs in the 16 before Kevin Bass struck out to end the game and send the Mets to the World Series.
1. 1986 World Series, Game 6
The only game that could top the Mets’ 16-inning affair in the NLCS was their miraculous victory as they faced elimination in Game 6 of the World Series against the Red Sox.
Most of us know the story, but let’s refresh.
The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 5-3 lead.
The Mets quickly got two outs, leaving Boston one out of a championship. But rookie Kevin Mitchell hit a single to keep the game alive.
Two hits later, Mookie Wilson approached the plate with the tying run at third base. A wild pitch by Bob Stanley that Wilson barely avoided allowed the tying run to score. After a marathon of foul balls, Wilson hit a slow grounder to first base that somehow got past Bill Buckner’s glove and shot out into the outfield, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.
Unfortunately for Buckner, the play would define a solid run while continuing the alleged Boston curse as the Mets would win Game 7 and claim their second world championship.