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The 2012 season of the National League was the one hundred thirty-seventh season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team was one of its league's wild cards, 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 Cincinnati Reds 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 669 (4.13) 588 (3.63) 0.251 0.315 0.411 3.34 0.985
2 St. Louis Cardinals* 162 88 74 0 .543 9.0 765 (4.75) 648 (4.00) 0.271 0.338 0.421 3.71 0.983
3 Milwaukee Brewers 162 83 79 0 .512 14.0 776 (4.79) 733 (4.52) 0.259 0.325 0.437 4.22 0.983
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 79 83 0 .488 18.0 651 (4.02) 674 (4.16) 0.243 0.304 0.395 3.91 0.982
5 Chicago Cubs 162 61 101 0 .377 36.0 613 (3.78) 759 (4.69) 0.240 0.302 0.378 4.51 0.982
6 Houston Astros 162 55 107 0 .340 42.0 583 (3.60) 794 (4.90) 0.236 0.302 0.371 4.57 0.981
Eastern Division
1 Washington Nationals 162 98 64 0 .605 -.- 731 (4.51) 594 (3.67) 0.261 0.322 0.428 3.34 0.985
2 Atlanta Braves* 162 94 68 0 .580 4.0 700 (4.32) 600 (3.70) 0.247 0.320 0.389 3.42 0.986
3 Philadelphia Phillies 162 81 81 0 .500 17.0 684 (4.22) 680 (4.20) 0.255 0.317 0.400 3.86 0.983
4 New York Mets 162 74 88 0 .457 24.0 650 (4.01) 709 (4.38) 0.249 0.316 0.386 4.09 0.983
5 Miami Marlins 162 69 93 0 .426 29.0 609 (3.76) 724 (4.47) 0.244 0.308 0.382 4.10 0.983
Western Division
1 San Francisco Giants 162 94 68 0 .580 -.- 718 (4.43) 649 (4.01) 0.269 0.327 0.397 3.68 0.981
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 86 76 0 .531 8.0 637 (3.93) 597 (3.69) 0.252 0.317 0.374 3.35 0.984
3 Arizona Diamondbacks 162 81 81 0 .500 13.0 734 (4.53) 688 (4.25) 0.259 0.328 0.418 3.94 0.985
4 San Diego Padres 162 76 86 0 .469 18.0 651 (4.02) 710 (4.38) 0.247 0.319 0.380 4.01 0.980
5 Colorado Rockies 162 64 98 0 .395 30.0 758 (4.68) 890 (5.49) 0.274 0.330 0.446 5.22 0.980

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs 162
At Bats Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs 646
Runs Scored Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 108
Hits Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates 194
Doubles Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers 50
Triples Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants 15
Home Runs Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 41
Total Bases Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 356
Runs Batted In Chase Headley San Diego Padres 115
Stolen Bases Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres 44
Caught Stealing Michael Bourn
Starlin Castro
Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs
13
Walks Joey Votto
Dan Uggla
Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves
94
Intentional Base-on-Balls Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 18
Hit by Pitch Carlos Quentin San Diego Padres 17
Strikeouts Danny Espinosa Washington Nationals 189
Sacrifice Hits Juan Pierre
Johnny Cueto
Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds
17
Sacrifice Flies 6 tied with 9
Grounded into Double Plays Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 20
Batting Average Buster Posey San Francisco Giants 0.336
On-Base Percentage Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 0.474
Slugging Percentage Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins 0.608
On-Base plus Slugging Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 0.987
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Buster Posey San Francisco Giants 172

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals 21
Losses Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 15
Win-Loss Percentage Kyle Lohse St. Louis Cardinals 0.842
Appearances Matt Belisle
Shawn Camp
Randy Choate
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs
Miami/Los Angeles
80
Games Started 12 tied with 33
Complete Games R.A. Dickey New York Mets 5
Shutouts R.A. Dickey New York Mets 3
Games Finished Jonathan Papelbon Philadelphia Phillies 64
Saves Craig Kimbrel
Jason Motte
Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals
42
Innings Pitched R.A. Dickey New York Mets 233.2
Batters Faced R.A. Dickey New York Mets 927
Hits Allowed Clayton Richard San Diego Padres 228
Home Runs Allowed Clayton Richard San Diego Padres 31
Base-on-Balls Allowed Edinson Volquez San Diego Padres 105
Intentional Base-on-Balls Aaron Harang Los Angeles Dodgers 10
Hit Batsmen Ian Kennedy Arizona Diamondbacks 14
Strikeouts R.A. Dickey New York Mets 230
Wild Pitches Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 17
Balks Ian Kennedy Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Runs Allowed Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 111
Earned Runs Allowed Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 107
Earned Run Average Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 2.53
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 1.023

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by a score of 8 to 0 over the American League. The league's manager was Tony LaRussa.

[edit] Postseason

The 2012 National League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with two wild card teams. The teams competed in a Wild Card Game and two 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.

  Wild Card Game     Division Series     League Championship Series
                           
        East. Washington Nationals     
  WC1 Atlanta Braves   0       WC  St. Louis Cardinals   3      
  WC2 St. Louis Cardinals   1            WC St. Louis Cardinals    3  
       West. San Francisco Giants   4  
        Cent. Cincinnati Reds    2      
        West. San Francisco Giants   3    


In the World Series, the National League champion San Francisco Giants defeated the American League's Detroit Tigers, 4 games to none.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Buster Posey, a catcher with the San Francisco Giants. In the award's voting, he had 422 out of a possible 448 points and 27 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. In the award's voting, he had 209 out of a possible 224 points and 27 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Bryce Harper, an outfielder with the Washington Nationals. In the award's voting, he had 112 out of a possible 160 points and 16 of 32 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 Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
1B Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
2B Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
3B Chase Headley San Diego Padres
SS Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
LF Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
CF Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
RF Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves

[edit] Silver Sluggers

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

Position Player Team
C Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
1B Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
2B Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
3B Chase Headley San Diego Padres
SS Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
OF Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
P Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

[edit] Notable events

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