St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - After taking the MLB by surprise mid-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made it past the franchises first playoff game in over 20 years. However, the McCutchen flame burnt out against the Cardinals in the NLDS as St. Louis took the series in a monster game five finish.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves - Dodgers fans had something to cheer about again as the Los Angeles franchise found their way back into the playoffs with one of the best pitching staffs in the National League. The pitching came through for the Dodgers as they put on a dominant 3-1 performance against the Braves to advance to the NLCS for the first time in 3 years.
The National League Division Series features two best-of-five-game series between three regular season divisional winners and a fourth Wild Card game winner. Initially the NLDS was played in a 2-3 format but in 1998 the MLB adopted the 2-2-1 format where the higher seed team gets home field advantage in games 1, 2, and 5 while the lower seed team hosts games 3 and 4.
Experiencing the NLDS is a great way to watch the best teams in the National League play at the top of their game. With a season as long as the MLB's reaching the postseason is the ultimate goal for every team and the NLDS is where it all starts. Winners of the divisional series move on to the NLCS with hopes of getting through to the World Series.