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The 2006 season of the National League was the one hundred thirty-first season of the league.

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[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 161 83 78 0 .516 -.- 781 (4.85) 762 (4.73) 0.269 0.337 0.431 4.54 0.984
2 Houston Astros 162 82 80 0 .506 1.5 735 (4.54) 719 (4.44) 0.255 0.332 0.409 4.08 0.987
3 Cincinnati Reds 162 80 82 0 .494 3.5 749 (4.62) 801 (4.94) 0.257 0.336 0.432 4.51 0.979
4 Milwaukee Brewers 162 75 87 0 .463 8.5 730 (4.51) 833 (5.14) 0.258 0.327 0.420 4.82 0.980
5 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 67 95 0 .414 16.5 691 (4.27) 797 (4.92) 0.263 0.327 0.397 4.52 0.983
6 Chicago Cubs 162 66 96 0 .407 17.5 716 (4.42) 834 (5.15) 0.268 0.319 0.422 4.74 0.982
Eastern Division
1 New York Mets 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 834 (5.15) 731 (4.51) 0.264 0.334 0.445 4.14 0.983
2 Philadelphia Phillies 162 85 77 0 .525 12.0 865 (5.34) 812 (5.01) 0.267 0.347 0.447 4.60 0.983
3 Atlanta Braves 162 79 83 0 .488 18.0 849 (5.24) 805 (4.97) 0.270 0.337 0.455 4.60 0.984
4 Florida Marlins 162 78 84 0 .481 19.0 758 (4.68) 772 (4.77) 0.264 0.331 0.435 4.37 0.979
5 Washington Nationals 162 71 91 0 .438 26.0 746 (4.60) 872 (5.38) 0.262 0.338 0.418 5.03 0.978
Western Division
1 San Diego Padres 162 88 74 0 .543 -.- 731 (4.51) 679 (4.19) 0.263 0.332 0.416 3.87 0.985
2 Los Angeles Dodgers* 162 88 74 0 .543 -.- 820 (5.06) 751 (4.64) 0.276 0.348 0.432 4.23 0.982
3 San Francisco Giants 161 76 85 0 .472 11.5 746 (4.63) 790 (4.91) 0.259 0.324 0.422 4.63 0.985
4 Arizona Diamondbacks 162 76 86 0 .469 12.0 773 (4.77) 788 (4.86) 0.267 0.331 0.424 4.48 0.983
5 Colorado Rockies 162 76 86 0 .469 12.0 813 (5.02) 812 (5.01) 0.270 0.341 0.433 4.66 0.985

NOTE: San Diego and Los Angeles finished the season tied, and San Diego was awarded the division title due to winning their season series.

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Juan Pierre
Jeff Francoeur
Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves
162
At Bats Juan Pierre Chicago Cubs 699
Runs Scored Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 131
Hits Juan Pierre Chicago Cubs 204
Doubles Freddy Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates 53
Triples Jose Reyes New York Mets 17
Home Runs Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 58
Total Bases Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 383
Runs Batted In Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 149
Stolen Bases Jose Reyes New York Mets 64
Caught Stealing Juan Pierre Chicago Cubs 20
Walks Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 115
Intentional Base-on-Balls Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 38
Hit by Pitch Rickie Weeks Milwaukee Brewers 19
Strikeouts Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds 194
Sacrifice Hits Roy Oswalt Houston Astros 20
Sacrifice Flies Carlos Delgado New York Mets 10
Grounded into Double Plays Adrian Gonzalez
Garrett Atkins
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
24
Batting Average Freddy Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates 0.344
On-Base Percentage Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 0.454
Slugging Percentage Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 0.671
On-Base plus Slugging Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 1.102
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 178

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Aaron Harang
Derek Lowe
Brad Penny
Brandon Webb
Carlos Zambrano
John Smoltz
Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves
16
Losses Ramon Ortiz
Jason Marquis
Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals
16
Win-Loss Percentage Woody Williams San Diego Padres 0.706
Appearances Salomon Torres Pittsburgh Pirates 94
Games Started Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Andy Pettitte
Tim Hudson
John Smoltz
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros
Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
35
Complete Games Aaron Harang Cincinnati Reds 6
Shutouts Brandon Webb
Chris Carpenter
Arizona Diamondbacks
St. Louis Cardinals
3
Games Finished Ryan Dempster Chicago Cubs 64
Saves Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres 46
Innings Pitched Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds 240.2
Batters Faced Aaron Harang Cincinnati Reds 993
Hits Allowed Zach Duke Pittsburgh Pirates 255
Home Runs Allowed Jason Marquis St. Louis Cardinals 35
Base-on-Balls Allowed Carlos Zambrano Chicago Cubs 115
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jeff Francis Colorado Rockies 15
Hit Batsmen Dontrelle Willis Florida Marlins 19
Strikeouts Aaron Harang Cincinnati Reds 216
Wild Pitches Miguel Batista Arizona Diamondbacks 14
Balks Ramon Ortiz
Matt Morris
Orlando Hernandez
Elizardo Ramirez
Washington Nationals
San Francisco Giants
New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds
3
Runs Allowed Jason Marquis St. Louis Cardinals 136
Earned Runs Allowed Jason Marquis St. Louis Cardinals 130
Earned Run Average Roy Oswalt Houston Astros 2.98
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Chris Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals 1.069

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the seventy-seventh midsummer classic at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 by a score of 3 to 2. The league's manager was Phil Garner.

[edit] Postseason

The 2006 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
                 
East.  New York Mets 3  
WC  Los Angeles Dodgers 0  
    East.  New York Mets 3
  West.  St. Louis Cardinals 4
Cent.  St. Louis Cardinals 3
West.  San Diego Padres 1  

In the World Series, the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the American League's Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Ryan Howard, a first baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 388 out of a possible 448 points and 20 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the award's voting, he had 103 out of a possible 140 points and 15 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Hanley Ramirez, a shortstop with the Florida Marlins. In the award's voting, he had 105 out of a possible 160 points and 14 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/Los Angeles Dodgers
C Brad Ausmus Houston Astros
1B Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
2B Orlando Hudson Arizona Diamondbacks
3B Scott Rolen St. Louis Cardinals
SS Omar Vizquel San Francisco Giants
OF Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves
Carlos Beltran New York Mets
Mike Cameron San Diego Padres

[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 Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
1B Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
2B Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
3B Miguel Cabrera Florida Marlins
SS Jose Reyes New York Mets
OF Carlos Beltran New York Mets
Matt Holliday Colorado Rockies
Alfonso Soriano Washington Nationals
P Carlos Zambrano Chicago Cubs

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The sixtieth annual Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on May 15 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds was cancelled after 2 ½ innings due to rain.

[edit] Notable events

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