The Yankees are appearing in their 15th postseason in 16 years, but getting out of the first round has not been a given during their run of success.
The Bombers are 9-6 in the ALDS, including three straight first-round exits before last year’s title run. Overall, the Yankees are 36-31 in first-round games since 1995. Their three ALDS sweeps (of Texas, in 1998 and ’99, and the Twins, last season) preceded World Series titles.
Here are their losses:
Year AL East finish (record) ALDS result
1995 2nd (79-65) Lost to Seattle, 3-2
1997 2nd (96-66) Lost to Cleveland, 3-2
2002 1st (103-58) Lost to Anaheim, 3-2
2005 1st (95-67) Lost to L.A. Angels, 3-1
2006 1st (97-65) Lost to Detroit, 3-1
2007 2nd (94-68) Lost to Cleveland, 3-2