The 2018 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded first through third) and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series. These matchups were:
Under sponsorship agreements with Doosan, the series was formally known as the National League Division Series presented by Doosan. The Brewers and the Dodgers won their respective series to advance to the Championship Series.
|2018 National League Division Series|
MLB Network (Game 3)
|TV announcers||Kenny Albert, A.J. Pierzynski, David Cone, and Jon Paul Morosi (FS1)|
Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, and Jon Paul Morosi (MLBN)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Chris Singleton|
|Umpires||Ted Barrett (crew chief), Kerwin Danley, Alfonso Márquez, Mike Muchlinski, Todd Tichenor, John Tumpane|
|Television||MLB Network (Game 1)|
|TV announcers||Bob Costas, John Smoltz, and Tom Verducci (MLBN)|
Joe Davis, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci (FS1)
|Radio announcers||Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe|
|Umpires||Lance Barksdale, Gary Cederstrom (crew chief), Doug Eddings, Tom Hallion, Adrian Johnson, Jim Reynolds|
|NL Wild Card Game||Colorado Rockies defeated Chicago Cubs, 2–1 (13 innings)|
The Brewers entered the NLDS as the top seed, having completed the regular season with a record of 96–67 and winning the NL Central via a tie-breaker game. The second-seeded Dodgers went 92–71 in the NL West, also winning their division via a tie-breaker game. The NL East champion Braves were seeded third via their 90–72 record. The final participant was the winner of the NL Wild Card Game, the Rockies.
The Brewers and Rockies met seven times during the regular season, with Milwaukee winning five of the games. The Dodgers and Braves also met seven times during the regular season, with Los Angeles holding a 5–2 edge.
Milwaukee won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 4||Colorado Rockies – 2, Milwaukee Brewers – 3 (10)||Miller Park||4:04||43,382|
|2||October 5||Colorado Rockies – 0, Milwaukee Brewers – 4||Miller Park||3:45||44,547|
|3||October 7||Milwaukee Brewers – 6, Colorado Rockies – 0||Coors Field||3:14||49,658|
Los Angeles won the series, 3–1.
|1||October 4||Atlanta Braves – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 6||Dodger Stadium||3:13||50,947|
|2||October 5||Atlanta Braves – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 3||Dodger Stadium||2:35||54,452|
|3||October 7||Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, Atlanta Braves – 6||SunTrust Park||3:36||42,385|
|4||October 8||Los Angeles Dodgers – 6 Atlanta Braves – 2||SunTrust Park||3:42||39,586|
This was the first postseason meeting between the Brewers and Rockies.
|WP: Joakim Soria (1–0) LP: Adam Ottavino (0–1)|
MIL: Christian Yelich (1)
The Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, on a two-run home by Christian Yelich off of Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela. The Rockies tied it in the top of the ninth, getting two runs off of Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress via three singles, an error, and a sacrifice fly. Milwaukee won the game in the bottom of the tenth, when Mike Moustakas hit a two-out walk-off single off of Adam Ottavino with runners on first and third. Brewers reliever Joakim Soria, who had retired the Rockies in order in the top of the tenth, got the win.
|WP: Jhoulys Chacín (1–0) LP: Tyler Anderson (0–1) Sv: Jeremy Jeffress (1)|
After three scoreless innings, Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, on back-to-back doubles by Mike Moustakas and Hernán Pérez. The lead was extended to 4–0 in the eighth, with three runs coming off a total of two walks and three singles. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacín got the win after allowing three hits in five innings while striking out three and walking three; closer Jeremy Jeffress earned the save, pitching the eighth and ninth while allowing two hits and striking out three. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work, and took the loss.
|WP: Corbin Burnes (1–0) LP: Germán Márquez (0–1)|
MIL: Jesús Aguilar (1), Orlando Arcia (1), Keon Broxton (1)
The Brewers opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning, coming on a walk, single, and fielder's choice, with Christian Yelich scoring for the 1–0 lead. A Jesús Aguilar home run in the top of the fourth inning gave Milwaukee a 2–0 lead. The Brewers doubled their lead to 4–0 in the top of the sixth inning; with runners on second and third with two outs, Rockies reliever Scott Oberg gave up one run via balk and another via a wild pitch. Home runs by Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton in the top of the ninth inning increased the lead to 6–0. In the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies got two men on base with one out, before Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader came in and recorded the final two outs, completing the sweep. Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes got the win after pitching two innings of no-hit relief, while Rockies starter Germán Márquez allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings and took the loss. The Brewers' 122⁄3 innings from starters were the fewest ever for a team that won a Division Series. The Brewers will play the Dodgers in the NLCS.
|Total attendance: 137,587 Average attendance: 45,862|
This was the third postseason meeting between the Dodgers and Braves. The previous two match-ups were the 1996 National League Division Series and 2013 National League Division Series. They also met in the 1959 National League tie-breaker series. The Braves formerly were an NL West member for 24 years; the Braves and Dodgers finished in the top two positions in the division in 1982, 1983, and 1991.
|WP: Hyun-jin Ryu (1–0) LP: Mike Foltynewicz (0–1)|
LAD: Joc Pederson (1), Max Muncy (1), Kiké Hernández (1)
Hyun-jin Ryu started the game for the Dodgers and Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves. Joc Pederson hit Foltynewicz's third pitch of the game for a home run, his 10th leadoff homer of the season, to start the scoring. In the second inning, Max Muncy hit a three-run home run to put the Dodgers up, 4–0. Muncy became just the eighth player to hit a home run and walk three times in a playoff game. Foltynewicz only lasted two innings, allowing four runs on four hits, three walks and one hit batter. He also struck out five. Ryu pitched seven innings, struck eight batters, and did not allow a run or walk. It was his second career postseason start of seven scoreless innings. The only other Dodgers to do it multiple times were Sandy Koufax, Jerry Reuss and Orel Hershiser. Kiké Hernández added a homer in the sixth inning and the Dodgers scored one more run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly to win game one of the series, 6–0.
|WP: Clayton Kershaw (1–0) LP: Aníbal Sánchez (0–1) Sv: Kenley Jansen (1)|
LAD: Manny Machado (1), Yasmani Grandal (1)
Clayton Kershaw started the game for the Dodgers, allowing only two hits in eight innings. The Dodgers established an early lead via a two-run homer by Manny Machado in the bottom of the first inning and added another run on a homer by Yasmani Grandal in the fifth, both off of Braves starter Aníbal Sánchez, who lasted 42⁄3 innings. Kenley Jansen closed out the Braves in the ninth for the save. Los Angeles became just the second team in postseason history to open a postseason run with two shutouts, joining the 1921 Yankees. Consequently, Atlanta became just the second team in postseason history to open a postseason run by being shut out in two straight games, joining the 1921 Giants.
|WP: Touki Toussaint (1–0) LP: Alex Wood (0–1) Sv: Arodys Vizcaíno (1)|
LAD: Chris Taylor (1), Max Muncy (2)
ATL: Ronald Acuña Jr. (1), Freddie Freeman (1)
Walker Buehler started for the Dodgers, while Sean Newcomb started for the Braves. Atlanta took a 5–0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. The first run came when Newcomb forced a run with a bases-loaded walk, the first time in postseason history a pitcher has done this. Four more runs were scored on a grand slam by Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña (20 years, 293 days old) became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in post-season history, surpassing Mickey Mantle (who was 21 years, 349 days old in the 1953 World Series). Los Angeles got back two runs in the top of the third, on an RBI single by Justin Turner with the second run scoring on error by Acuña. Newcomb was replaced after allowing two runs (one earned) in 2 2⁄3 innings. Chris Taylor hit a two-run home run in the fifth off of Kevin Gausman to cut the lead to one run and then Max Muncy tied the game with a homer off Max Fried. After the second inning, Buehler settled down and pitched five innings with only two hits and seven strikeouts. He also walked two and allowed the five runs. The Braves recaptured the lead when Freddie Freeman homered off Alex Wood in the sixth inning. The Dodgers got a couple of baserunners on in the ninth but Arodys Vizcaíno managed to close out the win for the Braves, 6–5, extending their season. The game's attendance of 42,385 was the largest yet at the two-season old SunTrust Park.
|WP: Ryan Madson (1–0) LP: Jonny Venters (0–1)|
LAD: Manny Machado (2)
Mike Foltynewicz made his second start of the series for the Braves, after his abbreviated start in Game 1, while Rich Hill made his first start of the post-season for the Dodgers. An RBI double by Manny Machado in the first inning gave the Dodgers an early lead. A two RBI pinch hit single by Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning put the Braves ahead by a run. Foltynewicz was removed after four innings, where he struck out five and only allowed two hits, four walks and one run. Hill pitched 41⁄3 innings, with three strikeouts, and allowed four hits while walking five. A pinch-hit two RBI single by David Freese off Brad Brach put the Dodgers back ahead in the sixth inning. A three-run home run by Machado in the seventh inning off of Chad Sobotka extended the lead to 6–2. The Dodgers bullpen held on and they won the game and the series, advancing to their third straight National League Championship Series.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||4||3||2||0||4||3||3||1||0||20||24||3|
|Total attendance: 187,370 Average attendance: 46,843|
The 2018 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners, seeded first through third, and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series. These matchups were:
(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)
(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with T-Mobile, the series was formally known as the American League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. The Astros and Red Sox won their respective series, to advance to the Championship Series.2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season
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AL – American League, 1901–1999
FL – Federal League, 1914–1915
ML – Major League Baseball, 2000–present (AL and NL umpiring staffs were merged in 2000)
NL – National League, 1876–1999
PL – Players' League, 1890Mike Foltynewicz
Michael Gary Foltynewicz (; born October 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He played in the minor leagues until he was called up to the Astros in August 2014. The Astros traded Foltynewicz to the Braves before the 2015 season.Ryan Braun
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Braun was a two-time All-American at the University of Miami, where he was named "National Freshman of the Year" by Baseball America in 2003. The Brewers drafted him in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2005 MLB draft. He was the team's Minor League Player of the Year in 2006.
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Braun came under scrutiny for a testosterone test that he failed in 2011, and then for his connection in 2012 to the Biogenesis of America clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players. On July 22, 2013, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs (totaling 65 regular-season games) for violating the league's drug policy. In the six full seasons prior to his suspension in 2013, Braun was a five-time all-star, and five times posted a batting average above .300 and more than 30 home runs. In the six seasons subsequent to his suspension, Braun has been named an All-Star once, and has had only one season with 30 home runs or a batting average over .300. In 2015 (his second year back) he was an NL All-Star and finished the season as one of the top 10 in the league in both slugging percentage and stolen bases. He then rebounded further in 2016, batting .305, with his sixth 30-home-run season. Through 2018, he was 6th among all active major league ballplayers in career slugging percentage, 7th in home runs, and 8th in RBIs. After the 2018 season, Braun was also ranked first on the Brewers' all-time list in career home runs, second in RBIs, and third in runs scored, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and slugging percentage.
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