The National League Division Series started in 1981 and in 1993 it became a regular part of the National League Playoffs. The Cardinals and Braves have played in the most NLDS with 13 appearances each, while the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first NLDS appearance in 2013. From 1998 through 2011 it was the Wild Card winner playing the division winner with the best record unless the teams were in the same division. That changed in 2012, as the Wild Card winner plays the top division winner, regardless of if they are in the same division or not. The winners of the two NLDS games advance to play in the NLCS.
The NLDS is a best-of-five series with the team with the better record getting the home field advantage. It was first played in a 2-3 format but in 2012 it was changed to a 2-2-1 format, with the higher seeded team getting the first two games at home and game five at home.
The 2018 National League Division Series will begin in early October, 2018.
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2008 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Dodgers 3-0
2008 Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers Phillies 3-1
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Dodgers 3-0
2009 Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies Phillies 3-1
2010 Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds Phillies 3-0
2010 San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves Giants 3-1
2011 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Cardinals 3-2
2011 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Brewers 3-2
2012 San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds Giants 3-2
2012 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Cardinals 3-2
2013 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Cardinals 3-2
2013 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Dodgers 3-1
2014 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Cardinals 3-1
2014 San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals Giants 3-1
2015 New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Mets 3-2
2015 Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Cubs 3-1
2016 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals Dodgers 3-2
2016 Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Cubs 3-1
2017 Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals Cubs 3-2
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Dodgers 3-0
St. Louis Cardinals 13
Atlanta Braves 13
Los Angeles Dodgers 12
San Francisco Giants 8
Houston Astros 7
Chicago Cubs 7
Philadelphia Phillies 6
Arizona Diamondbacks 6
Betting on the MLB regular season is one thing, but for some of the most thrilling and potentially lucrative baseball betting you have to follow the MLB playoff series. When the best teams from each division reach the playoff stage of the season.
Online sportsbooks see an influx of baseball betting fans wagering every time the post-season arrives. In fact, some of the best online sportsbooks will offer futures before the regular season even begins.
This means that punters can take advantage of often lucrative odds prior to the start of the MLB playoffs in order to win big on a World Series pick.
Keep in mind that these odds will change as the season progresses, and each team’s form changes. Our baseball odds comparison, will compare all of the top sportsbook's World Series Odds on an easy to read web page.
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MLB Playoffs Betting Example: The Rangers come in at -166 favorite against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals were the underdog at +146. This means if you bet on the Rangers to win the series you will have to bet $166 to win $100.
If you wager on the Cardinals you will bet $100 to win $146.
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The National League Championship Series pits two teams with fan bases starved for October baseball and with five teams considered as legitimate contenders, there really is no telling as to who will reign over the National League. It’s anybody’s game. Continue
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