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The 2008 season of the National League was the one hundred thirty-third 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 Chicago Cubs 161 97 64 0 .602 -.- 855 (5.31) 671 (4.17) 0.278 0.354 0.443 3.87 0.983
2 Milwaukee Brewers* 162 90 72 0 .556 7.5 750 (4.63) 689 (4.25) 0.253 0.325 0.431 3.85 0.984
3 Houston Astros 161 86 75 0 .534 11.0 712 (4.42) 743 (4.61) 0.263 0.323 0.415 4.36 0.989
4 St. Louis Cardinals 162 86 76 0 .531 11.5 779 (4.81) 725 (4.48) 0.281 0.350 0.433 4.19 0.986
5 Cincinnati Reds 162 74 88 0 .457 23.5 704 (4.35) 800 (4.94) 0.247 0.321 0.408 4.55 0.981
6 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 67 95 0 .414 30.5 735 (4.54) 884 (5.46) 0.258 0.320 0.403 5.08 0.983
Eastern Division
1 Philadelphia Phillies 162 92 70 0 .568 -.- 799 (4.93) 680 (4.20) 0.255 0.332 0.438 3.88 0.985
2 New York Mets 162 89 73 0 .549 3.0 799 (4.93) 715 (4.41) 0.266 0.340 0.420 4.07 0.986
3 Florida Marlins 161 84 77 0 .522 7.5 770 (4.78) 767 (4.76) 0.254 0.326 0.433 4.43 0.980
4 Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 0 .444 20.0 753 (4.65) 778 (4.80) 0.270 0.345 0.408 4.46 0.983
5 Washington Nationals 161 59 102 0 .366 32.5 641 (3.98) 825 (5.12) 0.251 0.323 0.373 4.66 0.980
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 84 78 0 .519 -.- 700 (4.32) 648 (4.00) 0.264 0.333 0.399 3.68 0.984
2 Arizona Diamondbacks 162 82 80 0 .506 2.0 720 (4.44) 706 (4.36) 0.251 0.327 0.415 3.98 0.981
3 Colorado Rockies 162 74 88 0 .457 10.0 747 (4.61) 822 (5.07) 0.263 0.336 0.415 4.77 0.985
4 San Francisco Giants 162 72 90 0 .444 12.0 640 (3.95) 759 (4.69) 0.262 0.321 0.382 4.38 0.983
5 San Diego Padres 162 63 99 0 .389 21.0 637 (3.93) 764 (4.72) 0.250 0.317 0.390 4.41 0.986

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Adrian Gonzalez
Ryan Howard
San Diego Padres
Philadelphia Phillies
162
At Bats Jose Reyes New York Mets 688
Runs Scored Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins 125
Hits Jose Reyes New York Mets 204
Doubles Lance Berkman
Nate McLouth
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates
46
Triples Jose Reyes New York Mets 19
Home Runs Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 48
Total Bases Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 342
Runs Batted In Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 146
Stolen Bases Willy Taveras Colorado Rockies 68
Caught Stealing Jose Reyes New York Mets 15
Walks Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds 122
Intentional Base-on-Balls Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 34
Hit by Pitch Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 27
Strikeouts Mark Reynolds Arizona Diamondbacks 204
Sacrifice Hits Ryan Dempster Chicago Cubs 19
Sacrifice Flies Benji Molina
David Wright
San Francisco Giants
New York Mets
11
Grounded into Double Plays Miguel Tejada Houston Astros 32
Batting Average Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 0.364
On-Base Percentage Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 0.470
Slugging Percentage Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 0.653
On-Base plus Slugging Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 1.114
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 190

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks 22
Losses Barry Zito
Aaron Harang
San Francisco Giants
Cincinnati Reds
17
Win-Loss Percentage Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 0.783
Appearances Pedro Feliciano New York Mets 86
Games Started 8 tied with 34
Complete Games CC Sabathia Milwaukee Brewers 7
Shutouts CC Sabathia
Ben Sheets
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
3
Games Finished Jose Valverde Houston Astros 71
Saves Jose Valverde Houston Astros 44
Innings Pitched Johan Santana New York Mets 234.1
Batters Faced Johan Santana New York Mets 964
Hits Allowed Aaron Cook Colorado Rockies 236
Home Runs Allowed Brandon Backe Houston Astros 36
Base-on-Balls Allowed Oliver Perez New York Mets 105
Intentional Base-on-Balls Scott Olsen Florida Marlins 13
Hit Batsmen Kyle Kendrick
Edinson Volquez
Johnny Cueto
Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
14
Strikeouts Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 265
Wild Pitches Manny Parra
Tim Lincecum
Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants
17
Balks Ted Lilly Chicago Cubs 4
Runs Allowed Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds 116
Earned Runs Allowed Brandon Backe Houston Astros 112
Earned Run Average Johan Santana New York Mets 2.53
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies 1.082

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York, NY on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by a score of 4 to 3 in 15 innings. The league's manager was Clint Hurdle.

[edit] Postseason

The 2008 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.  Chicago Cubs 0  
West.  Los Angeles Dodgers 3  
    West.  Los Angeles Dodgers 1
  East.  Philadelphia Phillies 4
East.  Philadelphia Phillies 3
WC.  Milwaukee Brewers 1  

In the World Series, the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies defeated the American League's Tampa Bay Rays, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Albert Pujols, a first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals. In the award's voting, he had 369 out of a possible 448 points and 18 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants. In the award's voting, he had 137 out of a possible 140 points and 23 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Geovany Soto, a catcher with the Chicago Cubs. In the award's voting, he had 158 out of a possible 160 points and 31 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 San Diego Padres/Los Angeles Dodgers
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
1B Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres
2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B David Wright New York Mets
SS Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
OF Nate McLouth Pittsburgh Pirates
Carlos Beltran New York Mets
Shane Victorino Philadelphia Phillies

[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 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
2B Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
3B David Wright New York Mets
SS Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins
OF Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Holliday Colorado Rockies
Ryan Ludwick St. Louis Cardinals
P Carlos Zambrano Chicago Cubs

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The sixty-second annual Hall of Fame Game was to be played on May 16 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame, between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres, but it was rained out. It was the last time the game was scheduled.

[edit] Notable events

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