National League Division Series
With a history that dates back to 1995, some of the best moments in playoff baseball history can be found within the National League Division Series. In the early days of this round, play was largely dominated by the Atlanta Braves, who were led by Bobby Cox and had a roster full of future Hall of Famers. Incredibly, the Braves won one of the two NLDS series in each of the first five years that they were contested. Perhaps even more impressively, the Braves participated in the NLDS in each of the first 11 seasons that the round was present in the playoff format.
The majority of baseball fans would agree that the addition of the division round has been a great thing for the game as a whole. The playoffs prior to the addition of the division round only consisted of two rounds – the League Champion Series round, and the World Series. There is an opportunity now for more teams and cities to be involved in the playoff excitement. Even if a team has to make it to the division round through the Wild Card Game, that team still has a legitimate chance to reach, and even win, the World Series.
Questions and Answers
Q: Who participates in the National League Division Series?
A: This round of the playoffs includes the three NL division winners from the regular season, along with the winner of the NL Wild Card Game. The two series winners from this round will go on to play in the NLCS.
Q: How many games will be played?
A: As many as five games will be played in the National League Division Series. The first team to three wins will take the series, so between three and five games will be contested.
Q: How much do tickets cost?
A: Ticket prices for National League Division Series games will cover a wide range of prices. Variables include the cities where the games are being played, the history of the teams, and even the weather. The average resale price for an NLDS ticket is $130, but you may find tickets north and south of that number.
Q: When can you buy tickets?
A: Tickets typically become available shortly after teams qualify for the playoffs. Fans who are interested in playoff tickets should monitor team news closely as October approaches.