Baseball: National League Championship Series (NLCS)
Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) is
a round in the postseason that determines who wins the National League
pennant and advances to Major League Baseball's championship, the World
Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series.
The reigning National League Champions are the St. Louis Cardinals.
Prior to 1969, the National League champion (the "pennant winner")
was determined by the best win-loss record at the end of the regular
season. There were four ad hoc three-game playoff series due to ties
under this formulation (in 1946, 1951, 1959 and 1962). (The American
League had to resolve a tie in 1948, but used a single-game playoff for
A structured postseason series began in 1969, when both the
National and American Leagues were reorganized into two divisions each,
East and West. The two division winners within each league played each
other in a best-of-five series to determine who would advance to the
World Series. In 1985, the format changed to best-of-seven.
National League Championship Series (NLCS) Trivia Quizzes
NLCS and ALCS, since the expansion to best-of-seven, are always played
in a 2𣛨 format: games 1, 2, 6 and 7 are played in the stadium of the
team that has home field advantage, and Games 3, 4 and 5 are played in
the stadium of the team that does not. Home field advantage is given to
the team that has the better record, with the exception that the team
that made the postseason as the Wild Card team cannot get home field
advantage. From 1969 to 1993, home field advantage was alternated
between divisions each year regardless of regular season record and from
1995 to 1997 home field advantage was predetermined before the season.
In 1981, a divisional series was held due to a split season caused
by a players' strike.
In 1994, the league was restructured into
three divisions, with the three division winners and a wild-card team
advancing to a best-of-five postseason round, the National League
Division Series (NLDS). The winners of that round advance to the
best-of-seven NLCS. The NLDS was first played in 1995 due to the
cancellation of the 1994 postseason during another players' strike.