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The 2004 season of the National League was the one hundred twenty-ninth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 St. Louis Cardinals 162 105 57 0 .648 -.- 855 (5.28) 659 (4.07) 0.278 0.344 0.460 3.75 0.985
2 Houston Astros* 162 92 70 0 .568 13.0 803 (4.96) 698 (4.31) 0.267 0.342 0.436 4.05 0.983
3 Chicago Cubs 162 89 73 0 .549 16.0 789 (4.87) 665 (4.10) 0.268 0.328 0.458 3.81 0.986
4 Cincinnati Reds 162 76 86 0 .469 29.0 750 (4.63) 907 (5.60) 0.250 0.331 0.418 5.19 0.981
5 Pittsburgh Pirates 161 72 89 0 .447 32.5 680 (4.22) 744 (4.62) 0.260 0.321 0.401 4.29 0.983
6 Milwaukee Brewers 161 67 94 0 .416 37.5 634 (3.94) 757 (4.70) 0.248 0.321 0.387 4.24 0.981
Eastern Division
1 Atlanta Braves 162 96 66 0 .593 -.- 803 (4.96) 668 (4.12) 0.270 0.343 0.434 3.74 0.981
2 Philadelphia Phillies 162 86 76 0 .531 10.0 840 (5.19) 781 (4.82) 0.267 0.345 0.443 4.45 0.987
3 Florida Marlins 162 83 79 0 .512 13.0 718 (4.43) 700 (4.32) 0.264 0.329 0.406 4.10 0.986
4 New York Mets 162 71 91 0 .438 25.0 684 (4.22) 731 (4.51) 0.249 0.317 0.409 4.09 0.978
5 Montreal Expos 162 67 95 0 .414 29.0 635 (3.92) 769 (4.75) 0.249 0.313 0.392 4.33 0.984
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 93 69 0 .574 -.- 761 (4.70) 684 (4.22) 0.262 0.332 0.423 4.01 0.988
2 San Francisco Giants 162 91 71 0 .562 2.0 850 (5.25) 770 (4.75) 0.270 0.357 0.438 4.29 0.984
3 San Diego Padres 162 87 75 0 .537 6.0 768 (4.74) 705 (4.35) 0.273 0.342 0.414 4.03 0.982
4 Colorado Rockies 162 68 94 0 .420 25.0 833 (5.14) 923 (5.70) 0.275 0.345 0.455 5.54 0.986
5 Arizona Diamondbacks 162 51 111 0 .315 42.0 615 (3.80) 899 (5.55) 0.253 0.310 0.393 4.98 0.977

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Steve Finley
Juan Pierre
Arizona Diamondbacks/Los Angeles Dodgers
Florida Marlins
162
At Bats Juan Pierre Florida Marlins 678
Runs Scored Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 133
Hits Juan Pierre Florida Marlins 221
Doubles Lyle Overbay Milwaukee Brewers 53
Triples Juan Pierre
Jimmy Rollins
Jack Wilson
Florida Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
12
Home Runs Adrian Beltre Los Angeles Dodgers 48
Total Bases Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 389
Runs Batted In Vinny Castilla Colorado Rockies 131
Stolen Bases Scott Podsednik Milwaukee Brewers 70
Caught Stealing Juan Pierre Florida Marlins 24
Walks Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 232
Intentional Base-on-Balls Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 120
Hit by Pitch Craig Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates 30
Strikeouts Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds 195
Sacrifice Hits Royce Clayton Colorado Rockies 24
Sacrifice Flies Mark Loretta San Diego Padres 16
Grounded into Double Plays A.J. Pierzynski San Francisco Giants 27
Batting Average Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 0.362
On-Base Percentage Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 0.609
Slugging Percentage Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 0.812
On-Base plus Slugging Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 1.421
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 260

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Roy Oswalt Houston Astros 20
Losses Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks 16
Win-Loss Percentage Roger Clemens Houston Astros 0.818
Appearances Jim Brower San Francisco Giants 89
Games Started Livan Hernandez
Randy Johnson
Roy Oswalt
Brandon Webb
Montreal Expos
Arizona Diamondbacks
Houston Astros
Arizona Diamondbacks
35
Complete Games Livan Hernandez Montreal Expos 9
Shutouts Cory Lidle
Jason Schmidt
Cincinnati Reds/Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco Giants
3
Games Finished Jason Isringhausen St. Louis Cardinals 66
Saves Armando Benitez
Jason Isringhausen
Florida Marlins
St. Louis Cardinals
47
Innings Pitched Livan Hernandez Montreal Expos 255.0
Batters Faced Livan Hernandez Montreal Expos 1053
Hits Allowed Jason Jennings Colorado Rockies 241
Home Runs Allowed Eric Milton Philadelphia Phillies 43
Base-on-Balls Allowed Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks 119
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jason Jennings Colorado Rockies 14
Hit Batsmen Carlos Zambrano Chicago Cubs 20
Strikeouts Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 290
Wild Pitches Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks 17
Balks Carl Pavano Florida Marlins 3
Runs Allowed Shawn Estes Colorado Rockies 133
Earned Runs Allowed Shawn Estes Colorado Rockies 131
Earned Run Average Jake Peavy San Diego Padres 2.27
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 0.900

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the seventy-fifth midsummer classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 by a score of 9 to 4. The league's manager was Jack McKeon.

[edit] Postseason

The 2004 National League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
Cent.  St. Louis Cardinals 3  
West.  Los Angeles Dodgers 1  
    Cent.  St. Louis Cardinals 4
  WC  Houston Astros 3
East.  Atlanta Braves 2
WC  Houston Astros 3  

In the World Series, the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the American League's Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Barry Bonds, an outfielder with the San Francisco Giants. In the award's voting, he had 407 out of a possible 448 points and 24 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 160 points and 23 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Jason Bay, an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the award's voting, he had 146 out of a possible 160 points and 25 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs
C Mike Matheny St. Louis Cardinals
1B Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
2B Luis Castillo Florida Marlins
3B César Izturis Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Scott Rolen St. Louis Cardinals
OF Jim Edmonds St. Louis Cardinals
Steve Finley Los Angeles Dodgers
Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best hitters as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Johnny Estrada Atlanta Braves
1B Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
2B Mark Loretta San Diego Padres
3B Adrian Beltre Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Jack Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Jim Edmonds St. Louis Cardinals
P Livan Hernandez Montreal Expos

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-eighth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on June 14 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's Atlanta Braves defeated the Minnesota Twins of the American League by a score of 10 to 7.

[edit] Notable events

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