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The Division Series are a 5-game postseason series that precedes the two League Championship Series and determines which two teams will face eachother for the league championship. Each year, there are two National League Division Series and two American League Division Series.

The first Division Series were played on a one-off basis in 1981 as a result of the 1981 Split Season Schedule. These opposed the first half and second half winners in each of the four divisions which existed at the time.

The first "permanent" Division series were scheduled in 1994, after the reorganization of each major league into three divisions and the introduction of the Wild Card. The first Division Series under this format were cancelled when the 1994 strike wiped out the entire 1994 Postseason. As a result, the Series were first played in 1995.

There are four Division Series, two in each league. Starting in 2012, the division winner with the best record plays the wild card team which won the Wild Card Game between the two wild card teams; the other two division winners play eachother. During the period when there was only one wild card team in each league, from 1995 to 2011, that team was prevented from meeting a team from its own division in the Division Series, and as a result played the division winner with the second-best overall record. This changed when the format with two wild card teams was introduced.

By convention, the Division Series featuring the team with the best overall record in the league is considered the first division series, and the other one is the second.

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[edit] History

[edit] National League Division Series

Year First Series Year Second Series
Winning Team Losing Team Games Winning Team Losing Team Games
1981 Montreal Expos 2nd Philadelphia Phillies 1st 3-2 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 1st Houston Astros 2nd 3-2
1995 Atlanta Braves East. Colorado Rockies WC 3-1 1995 Cincinnati Reds Cent. Los Angeles Dodgers West. 3-0
1996 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. San Diego Padres West. 3-0 1996 Atlanta Braves East. Los Angeles Dodgers WC 3-0
1997 Atlanta Braves East. Houston Astros Cent. 3-0 1997 Florida Marlins WC San Francisco Giants West. 3-0
1998 San Diego Padres West. Houston Astros Cent. 3-1 1998 Atlanta Braves East. Chicago Cubs WC 3-0
1999 Atlanta Braves East. Houston Astros Cent. 3-1 1999 New York Mets WC Arizona Diamondbacks West. 3-1
2000 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. Atlanta Braves East. 3-0 2000 New York Mets WC San Francisco Giants West. 3-1
2001 Atlanta Braves East. Houston Astros Cent. 3-0 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks West. St. Louis Cardinals WC 3-2
2002 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. Arizona Diamondbacks West. 3-0 2002 San Francisco Giants WC Atlanta Braves East. 3-2
2003 Chicago Cubs Cent. Atlanta Braves East. 3-2 2003 Florida Marlins WC San Francisco Giants West. 3-1
2004 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. Los Angeles Dodgers West. 3-1 2004 Houston Astros WC Atlanta Braves East. 3-1
2005 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. San Diego Padres West. 3-0 2005 Houston Astros WC Atlanta Braves East. 3-1
2006 New York Mets East. Los Angeles Dodgers WC 3-0 2006 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. San Diego Padres West. 3-1
2007 Arizona Diamondbacks West. Chicago Cubs Cent. 3-0 2007 Colorado Rockies WC Philadelphia Phillies East. 3-0
2008 Los Angeles Dodgers West. Chicago Cubs Cent. 3-0 2008 Philadelphia Phillies East. Milwaukee Brewers WC 3-1
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers West. St. Louis Cardinals Cent. 3-0 2009 Philadelphia Phillies East. Colorado Rockies WC 3-1
2010 Philadelphia Phillies East. Cincinnati Reds Cent. 3-0 2010 San Francisco Giants West. Atlanta Braves WC 3-1
2011 St. Louis Cardinals WC Philadelphia Phillies East. 3-2 2011 Milwaukee Brewers Cent. Arizona Diamondbacks West. 3-2
2012 St. Louis Cardinals WC Washington Nationals East. 3-2 2012 San Francisco Giants West. Cincinnati Reds Cent. 3-2
2013 St. Louis Cardinals Cent. Pittsburgh Pirates WC 3-2 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers West. Atlanta Braves East. 3-1

[edit] American League Division Series

Year First Series Year Second Series
Winning Team Losing Team Games Winning Team Losing Team Games
1981 New York Yankees 1st Milwaukee Brewers 2nd 3-2 1981 Oakland Athletics 1st Kansas Ciyt Royals 2nd 3-0
1995 Cleveland Indians Cent. Boston Red Sox East. 3-0 1995 Seattle Mariners West. New York Yankees WC 3-2
1996 New York Yankees East. Texas Rangers West. 3-1 1996 Baltimore Orioles WC Cleveland Indians Cent. 3-1
1997 Baltimore Orioles East. Seattle Mariners West. 3-1 1997 Cleveland Indians Cent. New York Yankees West. 3-2
1998 New York Yankees East. Texas Rangers West. 3-0 1998 Cleveland Indians Cent. Boston Red Sox WC 3-1
1999 New York Yankees East. Texas Rangers West. 3-0 1999 Boston Red Sox WC Cleveland Indians Cent. 3-2
2000 New York Yankees East. Oakland Athletics West. 3-2 2000 Seattle Mariners WC Chicago White Sox Cent. 3-0
2001 Seattle Mariners West. Cleveland Indians Cent. 3-2 2001 New York Yankees East. Oakland Athletics WC 3-2
2002 Minnesota Twins Cent. Oakland Athletics West. 3-2 2002 Anaheim Angels WC New York Yankees East. 3-1
2003 New York Yankees East. Minnesota Twins Cent. 3-1 2003 Boston Red Sox WC Oakland Athletics West. 3-2
2004 New York Yankees East. Minnesota Twins Cent. 3-1 2004 Boston Red Sox WC Anaheim Angels West. 3-0
2005 Chicago White Sox Cent. Boston Red Sox East. 3-0 2005 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim West. New York Yankees East. 3-2
2006 Detroit Tigers WC New York Yankees East. 3-1 2006 Oakland Athletics West. Minnesota Twins West. 3-0
2007 Boston Red Sox East. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim West. 3-0 2007 Cleveland Indians Cent. New York Yankees WC 3-1
2008 Boston Red Sox WC Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim West. 3-1 2008 Tampa Bay Rays East. Chicago White Sox Cent. 3-1
2009 New York Yankees East. Minnesota Twins Cent. 3-0 2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim West. Boston Red Sox WC 3-0
2010 Texas Rangers West. Tampa Bay Rays East. 3-2 2010 New York Yankees WC Minnesota Twins Cent. 3-0
2011 Detroit Tigers Cent. New York Yankees East. 3-2 2011 Texas Rangers West. Tampa Bay Rays WC 3-1
2012 New York Yankees East. Baltimore Orioles WC 3-2 2012 Detroit Tigers Cent. Oakland Athletics West. 3-2
2013 Boston Red Sox East. Tampa Bay Rays WC 3-1 2013 Detroit Tigers Cent. Oakland Athletics West. 3-2

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Major League Baseball National League Division Series

1981-1 | 1981-2
1995-1 | 1995-2 | 1996-1 | 1996-2 | 1997-1 | 1997-2 | 1998-1 | 1998-2 | 1999-1 | 1999-2
2000-1 | 2000-2 | 2001-1 | 2001-2 | 2002-1 | 2002-2 | 2003-1 | 2003-2 | 2004-1 | 2004-2 | 2005-1 | 2005-2 | 2006-1 | 2006-2 | 2007-1 | 2007-2 | 2008-1 | 2008-2 | 2009-1 | 2009-2
2010-1 | 2010-2 | 2011-1 | 2011-2 | 2012-1 | 2012-2 | 2013-1 | 2013-2

Major League Baseball American League Division Series

1981-1 | 1981-2
1995-1 | 1995-2 | 1996-1 | 1996-2 | 1997-1 | 1997-2 | 1998-1 | 1998-2 | 1999-1 | 1999-2
2000-1 | 2000-2 | 2001-1 | 2001-2 | 2002-1 | 2002-2 | 2003-1 | 2003-2 | 2004-1 | 2004-2 | 2005-1 | 2005-2 | 2006-1 | 2006-2 | 2007-1 | 2007-2 | 2008-1 | 2008-2 | 2009-1 | 2009-2
2010-1 | 2010-2 | 2011-1 | 2011-2 | 2012-1 | 2012-2 | 2013-1 | 2013-2

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