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National League Division Series
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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 is actually two best-of-five series with the three division winners and a wild-card team participating. The NLDS was created after the 1994 season when Major League Baseball restructured the National League into three divisions.

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 winningest division leader are from the same division, the wild-card team plays the next winningest division leader, and the other 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 team to have met more than twice, with the Braves winning the series each time.

NLDS results (1995-present)

YearWinnerLoserWinsLosses
1995Atlanta BravesColorado Rockies 31
Cincinnati RedsLos Angeles Dodgers 30
1996 Atlanta BravesLos Angeles Dodgers 30
St. Louis CardinalsSan Diego Padres 30
1997 Atlanta BravesHouston Astros 30
Florida MarlinsSan Francisco Giants 30
1998Atlanta BravesChicago Cubs 30
San Diego PadresHouston Astros 31
1999Atlanta BravesHouston Astros 31
New York MetsArizona Diamondbacks 31
2000St. Louis CardinalsAtlanta Braves 30
New York Mets San Francisco Giants 31
2001Atlanta BravesHouston Astros 30
Arizona DiamondbacksSt. Louis Cardinals 32
2002St. Louis CardinalsArizona Diamondbacks 30
San Francisco GiantsAtlanta Braves 32
2003 Chicago CubsAtlanta Braves 32
Florida MarlinsSan Francisco Giants 31
Denotes wild-card team.

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