National League Division Series

In Major League Baseball, the National League Division Series (NLDS) determines which two teams from the National League will advance to the National League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.

History

The Division Series was implemented in 1981 – for that season only – as a result of a midseason strike with first-place teams before the strike taking on the first-place teams after. In 1994, Major League Baseball decided to implement the Division Series permanently, because it was restructuring each league into three divisions. (The new division series had a somewhat different format than the one-off 1981 tournament. Additionally, the implementation of this decision, however, was delayed a year, until 1995, due to the 1994–1995 players' strike.[1]) Previously, because of a players' strike in 1981, a split-season format forced a divisional playoff series, in which the Montreal Expos won the Eastern Division series over the Philadelphia Phillies three games to two while the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros three games to two in the Western Division. The team with the best overall record in the major leagues, the Cincinnati Reds, failed to win their division in either half of that season and were controversially excluded, as were the St. Louis Cardinals, who finished with the NL's second-best record. The Atlanta Braves have currently played in the most NL division series with thirteen appearances. The St. Louis Cardinals have currently won the most NL division series, winning ten of the thirteen series in which they have played. The Pittsburgh Pirates (who finished with a losing record from 1993 to 2012) were the last team to make their first appearance in the NL division series, making their debut in 2013 after winning the 2013 National League Wild Card Game. In 2008, the Milwaukee Brewers became the first team to play in division series in both leagues when they won the National League wild card, their first postseason berth since winning the American League East Division title in 1982 before switching leagues in 1998. Milwaukee had competed in an American League Division Series in the strike-shortened 1981 season.

Format

The NLDS is a five-game series where the wild-card team is assigned to play the divisional winner with the best winning percentage in the regular season. The two remaining divisional winners meet in the other (NLDS) series with the team with the second best winning percentage, hosting that series. (From 1998 to 2011, if the wild-card team and the division winner with the best record were from the same division, the wild-card team played the division winner with the second-best record, and the remaining two division leaders played each other.) The two series winners move on to the best-of-seven NLCS. The winner of the wild card has won the first round seven out of the 11 years since the re-alignment and creation of the NLDS. According to Nate Silver, the advent of this playoff series, and especially of the wild card, has caused teams to focus more on "getting to the playoffs" rather than "winning the pennant" as the primary goal of the regular season.[2]

Initially, the best-of-5 series played in a 2-3 format, with the first two games set at home for the lower-seed team and the last three for the higher seed.[3][4] Since 1998, the series has followed a 2-2-1 format,[5] where the higher seed team plays at home in Games 1 and 2, the lower seed plays at home in Game 3 and Game 4 (if necessary), and if a Game 5 is needed, the teams return to the higher seed's field. When MLB added a second wild card team in 2012, the Division Series re-adopted the 2-3 format due to scheduling conflicts. It reverted to the 2-2-1 format from 2013 onwards.[6]

NLDS results

  • Team names link to the season in which each team played
Key
dagger Wild card
Year Winner Manager Loser Manager Wins Losses
1981 Montreal Expos Jim Fanning Philadelphia Phillies Dallas Green 3 2
Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda Houston Astros Bill Virdon 3 2
1995 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Colorado Rockiesdagger Don Baylor 3 1
Cincinnati Reds Davey Johnson Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda 3 0
1996 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Los Angeles Dodgersdagger Bill Russell 3 0
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy 3 0
1997 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Houston Astros Larry Dierker 3 0
Florida Marlinsdagger Jim Leyland San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker 3 0
1998 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Chicago Cubsdagger Jim Riggleman 3 0
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy Houston Astros Larry Dierker 3 1
1999 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Houston Astros Larry Dierker 3 1
New York Metsdagger Bobby Valentine Arizona Diamondbacks Buck Showalter 3 1
2000 St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox 3 0
New York Metsdagger Bobby Valentine San Francisco Giants Dusty Baker 3 1
2001 Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Houston Astros Larry Dierker 3 0
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly St. Louis Cardinalsdagger Tony La Russa 3 2
2002 St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly 3 0
San Francisco Giantsdagger Dusty Baker Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox 3 2
2003 Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox 3 2
Florida Marlinsdagger Jack McKeon San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou 3 1
2004 St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy 3 1
Houston Astrosdagger Phil Garner Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox 3 2
2005 St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy 3 0
Houston Astrosdagger Phil Garner Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox 3 1
2006 New York Mets Willie Randolph Los Angeles Dodgersdagger Jim Tracy 3 0
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy 3 1
2007 Colorado Rockiesdagger Clint Hurdle Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel 3 0
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella 3 0
2008 Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Torre Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella 3 0
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel Milwaukee Brewersdagger Dale Sveum 3 1
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa 3 0
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel Colorado Rockiesdagger Jim Tracy 3 1
2010 Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker 3 0
San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy Atlanta Bravesdagger Bobby Cox 3 1
2011 St. Louis Cardinalsdagger Tony La Russa Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel 3 2
Milwaukee Brewers Ron Roenicke Arizona Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson 3 2
2012 San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker 3 2
St. Louis Cardinalsdagger Mike Matheny Washington Nationals Davey Johnson 3 2
2013 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny Pittsburgh Piratesdagger Clint Hurdle 3 2
Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly Atlanta Braves Fredi González 3 1
2014 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly 3 1
San Francisco Giantsdagger Bruce Bochy Washington Nationals Matt Williams 3 1
2015 New York Mets Terry Collins Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly 3 2
Chicago Cubsdagger Joe Maddon St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny 3 1
2016 Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts Washington Nationals Dusty Baker 3 2
Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon San Francisco Giantsdagger Bruce Bochy 3 1
2017 Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon Washington Nationals Dusty Baker 3 2
Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts Arizona Diamondbacksdagger Torey Lovullo 3 0
2018 Milwaukee Brewers Craig Counsell Colorado Rockies dagger Bud Black 3 0
Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts Atlanta Braves Brian Snitker 3 1
2019

NLDS appearances

Series
appearances
Team Wins Losses Win % Most recent
win
Most recent
appearance
Games
won
Games
lost
Game
win %
14 Atlanta Braves 6 7 .462 2001 2018 27 23 .540
13 St. Louis Cardinals 10 3 .769 2014 2015 33 18 .647
13 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 6 .538 2018 2018 25 24 .510
8 San Francisco Giants 4 4 .500 2014 2016 15 18 .455
7 Houston Astros 2 5 .286 2005 2005 10 18 .357
7 Chicago Cubs 4 3 .571 2017 2017 12 15 .444
6 Philadelphia Phillies 3 3 .500 2010 2011 13 11 .542
6 Arizona Diamondbacks 2 4 .333 2007 2017 9 14 .391
5 Washington Nationals 1 4 .200 1981 2017 10 14 .417
4 New York Mets 4 0 1.000 2015 2015 12 4 .750
4 San Diego Padres 1 3 .250 1998 2006 4 10 .286
4 Colorado Rockies 1 3 .250 2007 2018 5 9 .357
3 Cincinnati Reds 1 2 .333 1995 2012 5 6 .455
3 Milwaukee Brewers 2 1 .667 2018 2018 7 5 .583
2 Miami Marlins 2 0 1.000 2003 2003 6 1 .857
1 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 1 .000 - 2013 2 3 .400

Frequent matchups

Count Matchup Record Years
5 Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Braves, 3–2 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005
3 San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals, 3–0 1996, 2005, 2006
3 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Cardinals, 2–1 2004, 2009, 2014
3 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Dodgers, 2–1 1996, 2013, 2018
2 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Tied, 1–1 2001, 2002
2 Florida Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants Marlins, 2–0 1997, 2003
2 Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Tied, 1–1 1998, 2003
2 Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies Tied, 1–1 2007, 2009
2 San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves Giants, 2–0 2002, 2010
2 New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Mets, 2–0 2006, 2015

NOTE: With the Houston Astros move to the American League at the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Braves vs Astros series is not currently possible.

See also

External links

Notes

  • 1996, 1997, & 2007 are the years in which the National League Division Series finished in sweeps in both series.
  1. ^ See: Division Series § 1993-1994: Proposal, realignment, and cancellation of 1994 postseason.
  2. ^ Nate Silver, "Selig's Dream: The Wild Card as Enabler of Pennant Races," in Steven Goldman, Ed., It Ain't Over 'til It's Over (New York: Basic Books): 170-178.
  3. ^ 1984 NL Championship Series, Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ 1997 AL Division Series, Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Gillette, Gary; Palmer, Pete, eds. (2006). "October Classics: Postseason Series and Playoffs". The 2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. New York: Sterling Publishing. p. 1656.
  6. ^ Sporting News (2012-03-02). "MLB expands playoff field to 10 teams with addition of two wild cards". Retrieved 2013-10-28.
1981 National League Division Series

The 1981 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1981 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 6, and ended on Sunday, October 11. The Division Series were created on August 6 in response to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, which caused the cancellation of roughly one-third of the regular season between June 12 and August 9; by the time play was resumed, it was decided that the best approach was to have the first-half leaders automatically qualify for postseason play, and allow all the teams to begin the second half with a clean slate.

1994 Major League Baseball season

The 1994 Major League Baseball season ended on August 11, 1994, with the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. It was the first season played under the current three-division format in each league. It was also the first with an Opening Night game involving two National League teams, which did not become permanent until 1996.

1995 National League Division Series

The 1995 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1995 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 90–54) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card, 77–67): Braves win series, 3–1.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 85–59) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 78–66): Reds win series, 3–0.The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.

1996 National League Division Series

The 1996 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1996 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 1, and ended on Saturday, October 5, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card, 90–72): Braves won series, 3–0.

(2) San Diego Padres (Western Division champion, 91–71) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 88–74): Cardinals won series, 3–0.The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves both swept their Division Series, and went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves would rally to win that series four games to three and become the National League champion, but would lose to the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1996 World Series.

1997 National League Division Series

The 1997 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1997 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 30, and ended on Friday, October 3, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) San Francisco Giants (Western Division champions, 90–72) vs. (4) Florida Marlins (Wild Card, 92–70): Marlins win series, 3–0.

(2) Houston Astros (Central Division champions, 84–78) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 101–61): Braves win series, 3–0.The Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Marlins became the National League champions, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series.

1998 National League Division Series

The 1998 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1998 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Sunday, October 4, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 106–56) vs. (4) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card, 90–73): Braves win series, 3–0.

(2) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 102–60) vs. (3) San Diego Padres (Western Division champion, 98–64): Padres win series, 3–1.The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Padres defeated the Braves four games to two to become the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1998 World Series.

1999 National League Division Series

The 1999 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1999 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Saturday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 103–59) vs. (3) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 97–65): Braves win series, 3–1.

(2) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champion, 100–62) vs. (4) New York Mets (Wild Card, 97–66): Mets win series, 3–1.The Diamondbacks were participating in the postseason in only their second year of existence, the fastest any expansion team had ever qualified. The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and were defeated by the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1999 World Series.

2000 National League Division Series

The 2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) San Francisco Giants (Western Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) New York Mets (Wild Card, 94–68): Mets win series, 3–1.

(2) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 95–67): Cardinals win series, 3–0.The Cardinals and Mets went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Mets beat the Cardinals four games to one to advance to the 2000 World Series, where they would face the American League champion New York Yankees. With their division rival Atlanta Braves losing to the Cardinals, the Mets' run to the World Series became much easier.

2002 National League Division Series

The 2002 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2002 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 1, and ended on Monday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 101–59) vs. (4) San Francisco Giants (Wild Card, 95–66); Giants win series, 3–2.

(2) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champion, 98–64) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 97–65); Cardinals win series, 3–0.The Cardinals and Giants went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Giants became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Anaheim Angels in the 2002 World Series.

2004 National League Division Series

The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 105–57) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 93–69): Cardinals win series, 3–1.

(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 92–70): Astros win series, 3–2.The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

2006 National League Division Series

The 2006 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2006 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) New York Mets (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card, 88–74); Mets win series, 3–0.

(2) San Diego Padres (Western Division champions, 88–74) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 83–78); Cardinals win series, 3–1.The Mets and the Cardinals met in the NL Championship Series, with the Cardinals becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series.

2007 National League Division Series

The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 3 and ended on Saturday, October 6, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champions, 90–72) vs. (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 85–77): Diamondbacks win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 89–73) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 90–73): Rockies win series, 3–0.Colorado earned the wild card after winning a one-game playoff with San Diego. Although the division winner with the best record normally plays the wild card team, the Diamondbacks played the Cubs, rather than the wild card Rockies, because the league did not pair teams from the same division against each other in the division series.

Both series represented the first time the opponents had met in the postseason, and the Rockies' victory was their first in any postseason series. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies met in the NL Championship Series, with the Rockies becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion in the 2007 World Series. This was the first time under the expanded playoffs format first used in 1995 that two teams from the National League's Western Division had played against one another in the NLCS.

2008 National League Division Series

The 2008 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2008 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 1 and ended on Sunday, October 5, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 97–64) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champions, 84–78): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Milwaukee Brewers (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Phillies win series, 3–1.The underdog Dodgers swept the Cubs to advance to the NLCS, while the Phillies defeated the Brewers by three games to one. The series marked the first postseason series victory for the Dodgers since winning the 1988 World Series, and the first such victory for the Phillies since the 1993 NLCS.

2009 National League Division Series

The 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The NLDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Monday, October 12. TBS televised all games in the United States. The matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.

The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.

2010 National League Division Series

The 2010 National League Division Series (NLDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2010 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—a "Wild Card"—played in two series from October 6 to 11. TBS televised all games in the United States.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups were:

(1) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 91–71): Phillies won the series, 3–0.

(2) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Atlanta Braves (Wild Card qualifier, 91–71): Giants won the series, 3–1.The Phillies and Reds had met in the postseason once before: in the 1976 NLCS, which the Reds won 3–0. The Giants and Braves also had one prior postseason series—the 2002 NLDS—which the Giants won 3–2.

2013 National League Division Series

The 2013 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the baseball teams to participate in the 2013 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3 based on record) and a fourth team — the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff — played in two series. TBS carried most of the games, with some on MLB Network.

These matchups were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Pittsburgh Pirates (Wild Card Game winner, 94–68)

(2) Atlanta Braves (East Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 92–70)The restriction on teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series was removed prior to the 2012 season. Therefore, the Cardinals and Pirates, both from the Central Division, were able to meet in the Division Series. Under the format used from 1998-2011, (1) St. Louis would have faced (3) Los Angeles in one Division Series, and (2) Atlanta would have faced (4) Pittsburgh in the other.

This was the first postseason meeting between the current National League Central division rivals St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The Pirates made their first postseason appearance since 1992, and their first appearance in the Division Series in franchise history.

This was the second postseason meeting between the Dodgers and Braves. The Braves previously defeated the Dodgers 3–0 in the 1996 NLDS.

2014 National League Division Series

The 2014 National League Division Series was two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 National League Championship Series. The Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals (seeded 1–3 based on record, respectively) and San Francisco Giants—played in two series. Fox Sports 1 carried most of the games, with two of the games on MLB Network.

These matchups were:

(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champion, 96–66) vs. (5) San Francisco Giants (Wild Card Winner, 88–74)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion, 94–68) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 90–72)This was the first postseason meeting between the Nationals and Giants. The Dodgers and Cardinals met in the postseason for the fifth time, with the Cardinals having won three of the first four matchups, including the previous year's NLCS which the Cardinals won 4 games to 2.

2018 National League Division Series

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:

(1) Milwaukee Brewers (Central Division champions) vs. (5) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (East Division champions)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.

List of National League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

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