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The 2018 season of the National League was the one hundred forty-third season of the league.

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Season summary[edit]

Standings[edit]

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 Milwaukee Brewers 163 96 67 0 .589 -.- 754 (4.63) 659 (4.04) 0.252 0.323 0.424 3.73 0.982
2 Chicago Cubs* 162 95 68 0 .583 1.0 761 (4.67) 645 (3.96) 0.258 0.333 0.410 3.65 0.983
3 St. Louis Cardinals 162 88 74 0 .543 7.5 761 (4.70) 691 (4.27) 0.249 0.321 0.409 3.85 0.978
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 161 82 79 0 .509 13.0 692 (4.30) 693 (4.30) 0.254 0.317 0.407 4.00 0.982
5 Cincinnati Reds 162 67 95 0 .414 28.5 696 (4.30) 819 (5.06) 0.254 0.328 0.401 4.63 0.984
Eastern Division
1 Atlanta Braves 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 759 (4.69) 657 (4.06) 0.257 0.324 0.417 3.75 0.986
2 Washington Nationals 162 82 80 0 .506 8.0 771 (4.76) 682 (4.21) 0.254 0.335 0.419 4.04 0.989
3 Philadelphia Phillies 162 80 82 0 .494 10.0 677 (4.18) 728 (4.49) 0.234 0.314 0.393 4.14 0.979
4 New York Mets 162 77 85 0 .475 13.0 676 (4.17) 707 (4.36) 0.234 0.312 0.389 4.07 0.985
5 Miami Marlins 161 63 98 0 .391 26.5 589 (3.66) 809 (5.02) 0.237 0.303 0.357 4.76 0.986
Western Division
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 163 92 71 0 .564 -.- 804 (4.93) 610 (3.74) 0.250 0.333 0.442 3.38 0.983
2 Colorado Rockies* 163 91 72 0 .558 1.0 780 (4.79) 745 (4.57) 0.256 0.322 0.435 4.33 0.988
3 Arizona Diamondbacks 162 82 80 0 .506 9.5 644 (4.06) 659 (4.07) 0.235 0.310 0.397 3.72 0.988
4 San Francisco Giants 162 73 89 0 .451 18.5 603 (3.72) 699 (4.31) 0.239 0.300 0.368 3.95 0.984
5 San Diego Padres 162 66 96 0 .407 25.5 617 (3.81) 767 (4.73) 0.235 0.297 0.380 4.40 0.983

League leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played 5 tied with 162
At Bats Trea Turner Washington Nationals 664
Runs Scored Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies 119
Hits Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves 191
Doubles Anthony Rendon
Freddie Freeman
Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves
44
Triples Ketel Marte Arizona Diamondbacks 12
Home Runs Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies 38
Total Bases Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 343
Runs Batted In Javier Baez Chicago Cubs 111
Stolen Bases Trea Turner Washington Nationals 43
Caught Stealing Ender Inciarte/
Starling Marte
Atlanta Braves/
Pittsburgh Pirates
14
Walks Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 130
Intentional Base-on-Balls Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs 20
Hit by Pitch Brandon Nimmo New York Mets 22
Strikeouts Chris Taylor Los Angeles Dodgers 178
Sacrifice Hits Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves 12
Sacrifice Flies Jesus Aguilar Milwaukee Brewers 10
Grounded into Double Plays Miguel Rojas Miami Marlins 23
Batting Average Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 0.326
On-Base Percentage Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 0.417
Slugging Percentage Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 0.598
On-Base plus Slugging Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 1.000
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 164

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Jon Lester
Max Scherzer
Miles Mikolas
Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals
18
Losses Tanner Roark Washington Nationals 15
Win-Loss Percentage Miles Mikolas St. Louis Cardinals 0.818
Appearances Brad Ziegler Miami-Arizona 82
Games Started Jhoulys Chacin Milwaukee Brewers 35
Complete Games 4 tied with 2
Shutouts 8 tied with 1
Games Finished Wade Davis Colorado Rockies 63
Saves Wade Davis Colorado Rockies 43
Innings Pitched Max Scherzer Washington Nationals 220.2
Batters Faced Max Scherzer Washington Nationals 866
Hits Allowed Miles Mikolas St. Louis Cardinals 186
Home Runs Allowed Tyler Anderson
Chase Anderson
Colorado Rockies
Milwaukee Brewers
30
Base-on-Balls Allowed Tyler Chatwood Chicago Cubs 95
Intentional Base-on-Balls Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds 9
Hit Batsmen Zack Godley
Jose Urena
Max Scherzer
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals
12
Strikeouts Max Scherzer Washington Nationals 300
Wild Pitches Zack Godley Arizona Diamondbacks 17
Balks Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves 3
Runs Allowed Zack Godley Arizona Diamondbacks 103
Earned Runs Allowed Jon Gray Colorado Rockies 98
Earned Run Average Jacob deGrom New York Mets 1.70
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals 0.911

All-Star Game[edit]

The National League lost the 2018 All-Star Game, played at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by a score of 8 to 6 against the American League. The league's manager was Dave Roberts.

Postseason[edit]

The 2018 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
                           
        WC Colorado Rockies     
  WC1 Chicago Cubs       Cent.  Milwaukee Brewers   3     
  WC2 Colorado Rockies   1           Cent. Milwaukee Brewers   
       West. Los Angeles Dodgers   4 
        West. Los Angeles Dodgers   3     
        East. Atlanta Braves    

In the World Series, the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated by the American League's Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1.

Award winners[edit]

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was OF Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. In the award's voting, he had 415 out of a possible 420 points and 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. In the award's voting, he had 207 out of a possible 210 points and 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Ronald Acuna, an outfielder with the Atlanta Braves. In the award's voting, he had 144 out of a possible 150 points and 27 of 30 first-place votes.

The Trevor Hoffman Award, given to the best relief pitcher in the league, was given to Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gold Gloves[edit]

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 Zack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
1B Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs (tie)
1B Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves (tie)
2B D.J. LeMahieu Colorado Rockies
3B Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies
SS Nick Ahmed Arizona Diamondbacks
LF Corey Dickerson Pittsburgh Pirates
CF Ender Inciarte Atlanta Braves
RF Nick Markakis Atlanta Braves

Silver Sluggers[edit]

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 J.T. Realmuto Miami Marlins
1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
3B Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies
SS Trevor Story Colorado Rockies
OF Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers
David Peralta Arizona Diamondbacks
Nick Markakis Atlanta Braves
P German Marquez Colorado Rockies

Monthly Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gabe Lacques: "Game 163! Historic day on tap as Dodgers-Rockies, Cubs-Brewers set for NL tiebreakers Monday", USA Today, September 30, 2018. [1]

Umpires[edit]

See 2018 Major League Baseball

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