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 NLDS consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and a wild-card team. The Division Series were created after the 1993 season when Major League Baseball restructured each league into three divisions, but were first played in 1995 due to the cancellation of the 1994 playoffs. Interestingly, in 1981, due to a players strike, a split-season format was used and a divisional series was held. In the Eastern Division, the Montreal Expos defeated 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 two teams with the best overall records, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds, failed to win their division in either half of that season.
Typically, the wild-card team plays the division leader with the best winning percentage in one series, and the other two division leaders play the other series. However, if the wild-card team and the division leader with the best record are from the same division, the wild-card team plays the next winningest division leader, and the remaining two division leaders play. In any event, the two series winners move on to the best-of-seven NLCS.
Since the NLDS's inception, the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros are the only teams to have met more than twice, with the Braves winning the series the first three times and the Astros winning next two.
There is currently no award for Division Series Most Valuable Player.
NLDS results (1994-present)
|1994||Not held due to player strike.|
|1995||Atlanta Braves||Colorado Rockies†||3||1|
|Cincinnati Reds||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||0|
|1996||Atlanta Braves||Los Angeles Dodgers†||3||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres||3||0|
|1997||Atlanta Braves||Houston Astros||3||0|
|Florida Marlins†||San Francisco Giants||3||0|
|1998||Atlanta Braves||Chicago Cubs†||3||0|
|San Diego Padres||Houston Astros||3||1|
|1999||Atlanta Braves||Houston Astros||3||1|
|New York Mets†||Arizona Diamondbacks||3||1|
|2000||St. Louis Cardinals||Atlanta Braves||3||0|
|New York Mets†||San Francisco Giants||3||1|
|2001||Atlanta Braves||Houston Astros||3||0|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||St. Louis Cardinals†||3||2|
|2002||St. Louis Cardinals||Arizona Diamondbacks||3||0|
|San Francisco Giants†||Atlanta Braves||3||2|
|2003||Chicago Cubs||Atlanta Braves||3||2|
|Florida Marlins†||San Francisco Giants||3||1|
|2004||St. Louis Cardinals||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||1|
|Houston Astros†||Atlanta Braves||3||2|
|2005||St. Louis Cardinals||San Diego Padres||3||0|
|Houston Astros†||Atlanta Braves||3||1|
†Denotes wild-card team.
- National League pennant winners 1876-1900
- American League pennant winners 1901-68
- National League pennant winners 1901-68
- American League Division Series (ALDS)
- American League Championship Series (ALCS)
- National League Championship Series (NLCS)
- World Series