Com National League Championship Series The National League Championship Series is a best-of-seven series played in October in the Major League Baseball postseason that determines the winner of the National League pennant.
The winner of the series advances to play the winner of the American League Championship Series in the World Series, Major League Baseball's championship series.
History Prior to 1969, the National League champion 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.
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.
The NLCS and ALCS, since the expansion to seven games, are always played in a 2–3–2 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 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.
The winners of that round advance to the best-of-seven NLCS.
Every current National League franchise has appeared in the NLCS at least once except the Washington Nationals, who have not made the NLCS since relocating from Montreal.
The Houston Astros made four NLCS appearances before moving to the AL in 2013.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros are the only franchises to play in both the NLCS and the ALCS.
No franchise has won both the National and American League Championship Series.
Championship Trophy The Warren C.
Giles Trophy, named for the president of the NL from 1951 to 1969, is awarded to the NLCS winner.
Most Valuable Player Award :See: League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Awardational League winners A Most Valuable Player award is given to the outstanding player in each series, though voters can consider performances made during the divisional series.
The MVP award has been given to a player on the losing team twice, in 1986 to Mike Scott of the Houston Astros and in 1987 to Jeff Leonard of the San Francisco Giants.
Although the National League began its LCS MVP award in 1977, the American League did not begin its LCS MVP award until 1980.
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