National League Championship Series

The National League Championship Series ( NLCS ) is part of the play-offs in Major League Baseball. In it, the two winners of the National League Division Series play for the championship of the National League and a place in the World Series. Where the winner meets the winner of the American League Championship Series.


The National League Championship Series was launched in 1969 after the National League was divided into two divisions, East and West. It was a best- of-five series, moved their winner in the World Series. In 1985, the series was expanded to a best- of-seven. In 1994, the National League was reorganized again and divided into three divisions (East, Central, West). Since then, the participants of the Championship Series will be determined in the preceding National League Division Series, in which the three division winners and one wild card team to participate.

Since expansion of the Series on Best-of -Seven it is played in a 2 -3-2 format: The Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be played at the stage of that team that the home advantage ( Home Field Advantage ) has; the other games in the stadium of the opponent. The Series is over when one team has won four victories. Since 1995, the one team the Home Field Advantage, which has in the regular season, the most games won receives. However, should this be the wild card team, the other team gets the home field advantage. If both team the same number of wins, decides the direct comparison. From 1969 to 1993, the Home Field Advantage changed, however, between the two divisions.

The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team in the National League, which has never played in the NLCS. However, they have won the American League Championship Series in 1982 during her time in the American League ( 1969-1997 ).

The winner of the NLCS gets the Warren C. Giles Trophy.

Most Valuable Player Award

Since 1977, the best players in the NLCS Most Valuable Player of the Arward is awarded.


(WC) = wildcard team (since 1995)