- 2006 National League Division Series
year = 2006
New York Mets(3)
champion1_games = 97-65, .599, GA: 12
Los Angeles Dodgers(0)
runnerup1_games = 88-74, .543, GB: 0
October 4– October 7
television1 = ESPN:HD (Game 1)
FOX:HD (Game 2-3)
Gary Thorne, Joe Morgan, and Steve Phillips(Game 1) Thom Brennamanand Steve Lyons (Game 2) Thom Brennamanand Tim McCarver(Game 3)
St. Louis Cardinals(3)
Tony La Russa
champion2_games = 83-78, .516, GA: 1½
San Diego Padres(1)
runnerup2_games = 88-74, .543, GA: 0
October 3– October 8
television2 = ESPN:HD (Game 1-2)
ESPN2:HD (Game 3)
FOX:HD (Game 4)
Chris Bermanand Orel Hershiser(Game 1-2) Jon Millerand Joe Morgan(Game 3) Thom Brennamanand Tim McCarver(Game 4)
John Hirschbeck, Ted Barrett, Eric Cooper, Ron Kulpa, Mike Winters, Brian O'Nora(Mets-Dodgers)
Bill Welke, Brian Gorman, Greg Gibson, Wally Bell, Marty Foster(Padres-Cardinals)The by|2006 National League Division Series(NLDS), the opening round of the 2006 National Leagueplayoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a "wild card" team – participating in two best-of-five series. They were:
New York Mets(Eastern Division champions, 97-65) vs. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers(Wild Card, 88-74); Mets win series, 3-0.
San Diego Padres(Western Division champions, 88-74) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals(Central Division champions, 83-78); Cardinals win series, 3-1.
"The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was determined by playing record. The Padres were awarded the Western Division title over the Dodgers due to their winning the season series against Los Angeles 13-5." The Mets and the Cardinals met in the NL Championship Series, with the Cardinals becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion
Detroit Tigersin the 2006 World Series.
The NL playoff race was highly dramatic when as many as six teams entered the final weekend of the regular season fighting for the final three playoff spots. Two of three division champions were decided on the final day of the regular season.
New York Metsbegan the season with high hopes of finally ending the Atlanta Braves' string of division titles. The Mets lived up to their high expectations and roared out of the gate, taking over first place in the division on the fourth day of the season and never looking back. They won seven of their first eight games, and had built up a double-digit lead in the standings by the end of June. The Mets clinched the division on September 18, and finished 12 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves finished third, 18 games back. However, the Mets entered the postseason without injured ace Pedro Martínez, and learned the day before Game 1 of the Division Series that projected Game 1 starter Orlando Hernándezwould be lost for the whole round.
St. Louis Cardinals' run to their third consecutive Central Division championship pales in comparison to their runs in the previous two seasons. Like the previous two seasons, the Cardinals took over the lead in the division early on, overtaking the Cincinnati Redson June 9. It appeared as if this season would be like the previous two as the Cardinals steadily built up their lead up to as much as five and a half games and a 42-26 record on June 19. The Cardinals began interleague playby being swept by both the Chicago White Soxand Detroit Tigersas part of an eight-game losing streak. Despite the streak, they did not relinquish the division lead. The Reds were able to tie the Cardinals in the standings on June 30and July 1, but the Cardinals regained sole possession of first place the following day and held onto the lead for the rest of the season despite additional losing streaks of eight and seven games. The main contributor to the Cardinals' struggles was the numerous injuries to key players throughout the season to include Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, David Eckstein, Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, and Jason Isringhausen. The title appeared to be well in hand on September 19with leads of seven games over the Reds and eight and half games over the Houston Astroswith just 13 games left to play. The Cardinals then went on a seven-game losing streak just as the Astros won seven consecutive, shrinking their lead to just a game and a half. The Cardinals were able to regain their composure by winning three of their next four and clinching on the final day of the season with an Astros loss to the Atlanta Braves.
San Diego Padresplayoff run was led by their strong pitching and saw closer Trevor Hoffmanovertake Lee Smith as the all-time saves leader. This season also marked the first time in Padre history that the team went to the playoffs in consecutive years. The Padres did not clinch a playoff spot until the final weekend of the regular season and finished with an identical record as the Los Angeles Dodgers, but were awarded the Western Division title due to the Padres winning the season series with Dodgers 13-5.
Los Angeles Dodgers' run to the playoffs was most notable for their streaky play in the second half of the season. The Dodgers started the second half by losing 13 out of 14 games and trailing the Padres by seven and a half games, in last place in the division, and behind eight teams in the wild card race. They immediately followed that streak by winning 17 of their next 18 to put them on top of the division by three and half games and to have a better record than all eight teams they had trailed in the wild card race prior to the streak. Their inconsistent play continued as they were swept by the Padres in late August as part of a four-game losing streak, only to follow that up by winning seven consecutive, then losing their next three. The Dodgers finished the season strong by winning their final seven games, clinching a playoff berth in the final weekend over the Philadelphia Philliesand finishing tied with the Padres, making them able to claim co-champions of the Western Division despite being the wild card team in the playoffs.
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
New York wins the series, 3-0
an Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis wins the series, 3-1
New York vs. Los Angeles
The series seemed over for the Mets before it even started, first by losing ace
Pedro Martínezfor the postseason and then losing probable Game 1 starter Orlando Hernández. Despite having a potent offense, many people didn't seem to give the Mets too much of a chance without a great starting rotation. In fact, the Mets pitching helped keep the two bats at the top of the Dodger order from doing damage. Rafael Furcaland Kenny Loftonwent 3 for 24 (.125) in the series combined. In the regular season, they hit .300 and stole 59 bases combined. Thanks to mixed efforts by everyone on the Mets, they advanced to the 2006 National League Championship Series. Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kenthad eight hits in the three game series. Only Fernando Viñahad more hits in a series that lasted three games.
Game 1, October 4
Shea Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Guillermo Mota(1-0)|LP= Brad Penny(0-1)|SV= Billy Wagner(1)
Carlos Delgado(1), Cliff Floyd(1)|
The game started off with Mets rookie starter
John Maineon the mound after the Mets received devastating news about Orlando Hernándezpossibly missing the rest of the postseason. He kept the Mets in the game with only 1 earned run in 4.1 innings pitched. In the 2nd inning, a strange play occurred at home plate. With runners on first and second and nobody out, catcher Russell Martinhit a line drive all the way to the wall in right field. Jeff Kenttried to tag up from second base in the event that right fielder Shawn Greencaught the ball. Instead, the ball sailed over his head. Both Kent and J. D. Drewraced around the bases towards the plate. Green threw to cut-off man José Valentín, who relayed to Paul Lo Ducaat the plate. Lo Duca tagged out Kent. Drew, trying to score in desperation, was also tagged out at the plate. Lo Duca almost didn't see Drew in time to slap the tag on. The Dodgers would score a run later in the inning, but Carlos Delgadoand Cliff Floydhit home runs in the fourth. Nomar Garciaparratied the game at 4 with a 2 RBI double in the top of the seventh. Delgado and David Wright, however, gave the Mets the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh with RBI hits off Brad Penny(who was relieving Derek Lowe), with closer Billy Wagnernailing down the save.
Game 2, October 5
Shea Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Tom Glavine(1-0)|LP= Hong-Chih Kuo(0-1)|SV= Billy Wagner(2)
In a game where the Mets were expected to struggle, they came through with a big win. Dodgers rookie
Hong-Chih Kuowas expected to beat the Mets, who have a lineup full of left-handed hitters (or at least, hit better left-handed). Instead, the lefty Kuo was up against, Tom Glavineearned the win, with the Mets offense manufacturing runs. In the bottom of the 3rd, outfielder Endy Chavezhit a bunt single to lead off the inning. That led to a Jose ReyesRBI ground out. In the sixth, Paul Lo Ducahit a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. In the 7th, after pinch-hitter Julio Francohit into a fielder's choice, driving in a run, Reyes drove in another run with an RBI single. Wilson Betemithit a home run for the Dodgers but lost 4-1. The Dodgers were hit with more bad news. Nomar Garciaparrawas lost after a leg injury that would keep him off the field except for pinch-hitting duties.
Game 3, October 7
Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Pedro Feliciano(1-0)|LP= Jonathan Broxton(0-1)|SV=
Coming home to Los Angeles, the Dodgers hoped that the fans would give them a boost and get a win. The Mets proved that wrong. The Mets jumped out on Dodgers veteran starter
Greg Madduxfor three runs in the first inning, and added another in the third. The Dodgers came back in the fourth inning with a bases loaded double by rookie first baseman James Loney off Mets starter Steve Trachselfor two runs to make the score 4-2. Loney was starting in place of the injured Nomar Garciaparra. In the fifth, Jeff Kenthit a two-run home run off reliever Darren Oliverto tie the game at 4. The Dodgers would add another run in the inning as Loney drew a bases-loaded walk. But the Mets proved too relentless. Trailing 5-4 in the sixth, Shawn Greenstarted off with a leadoff double. After José Valentínpopped out on the infield, pinch hitter Michael Tucker drew a walk. Three consecutive bloop hits from Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca, and Carlos Beltran, plated three Met runs, making the score 7-5. Having taken the lead, the Mets never looked back, adding two more runs in the 8th, to take a 9-5 lead. Former Dodgers Green and Lo Duca finished with 2 RBI each and Pedro Felicianoearned the win.
2006 NLDS (3-0):
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New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers
| Total Attendance: 170,301 Average Attendance: 56,767
an Diego vs. St. Louis
Game 1, October 3
PETCO Park in
San Diego, CaliforniaLinescore
Chris Carpenter(1-0)|LP= Jake Peavy(0-1)|SV=
In a pitching rematch of Game 1 of the 2005 NLDS,
Chris Carpenterand Jake Peavyboth started strong through three innings and it appeared that the pitcher’s duel that was expected the previous year would occur this time around. That changed in the fourth inning when Albert Pujolshit a two-run home run 422 feet into one of the deepest parts of Petco Park. Peavy would give up an additional run in the fourth, as well as allowing a run in the fifth and sixth inning before being pulled in the sixth. Carpenter on the other hand continued his strong pitching performance as he pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just one run to cross the plate. The Cardinal bullpen, which had been shaky down the stretch, pitched the final two and two thirds of the game allowing just one hit. The Cardinals lead the best-of-five series one game to zero. Major League Baseball, [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20061003&content_id=1696934&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb Carpenter, Pujols Power Cards] ]
Game 2, October 5
PETCO Park in
San Diego, CaliforniaLinescore
Jeff Weaver(1-0)|LP= David Wells(0-1)|SV= Adam Wainwright(1)|
Jeff Weaverand four relievers combined on a four hitter to shut out the Padres 2-0. The only runs scored in the game came in the fourth, as Albert Pujolsand Jim Edmondshad back-to-back RBIsingles.
David Wellspitched well in a losing effort, going five innings and allowing two runs.
Game 3, October 7
Busch Stadium III in
St. Louis, MissouriLinescore
WP=Chris Young (1-0)|LP=
Jeff Suppan(0-1)|SV= Trevor Hoffman(1)
Game 3 ended the Padres' eight-game winless streak against the Cardinals in the postseason and gave them their first postseason win since Game 6 of the 1998 NLCS. However, their offensive woes continued as they left 14 runners on base.
This was also the last playoff game to be televised by the ESPN family of networks, at least until 2013.
Game 4, October 8
Busch Stadium III in
St. Louis, MissouriLinescore
Chris Carpenter(2-0)|LP= Woody Williams(0-1)|SV=|
After losing Game Three, Cardinals manager
Tony La Russadecided to use Carpenter to start game four in hopes of closing out the Series at home. Carpenter started off shakily, allowing two runs (including a bases-loaded walk) in the first inning, but he settled down and pitched six scoreless innings before being pulled in the 8th.
St. Louis answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the score, and then scored four more unanswered runs in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead, with RBIs from
Juan Encarnacion, Scott Spiezio, Chris Carpenter, and David Eckstein. Rookie pitcher Adam Wainwrightpitched a scoreless ninth to close out the Series and allow the Cardinals to advance to the NLCS for the third consecutive year.
The offensive woes that plagued the Padres in the first three games continued for the Padres in game four. The team failed to score after the first, and went a combined 2-32 with runners in scoring position in the Series.
It was the final Division Series game televised by FOX, at least for the foreseeable future.
2006 NLDS (3-1):
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St. Louis Cardinals
San Diego Padres
| Total Attendance: 179,680 Average Attendance: 44,920
*"Payoff pitch again...there he goes...and there it goes! To deep left center field! Back, back, back, gone!
Albert Pujolshas done it again, a 2-run shot here in the 4th inning and the Cardinals have struck first 2-0." - Chris Berman
*"3-2 to Martinez...in the air down the right field line. Green, in the corner, he's got room...and the New York Mets, for the first time since 2000, will advance to the National League Championship Series, they have swept the Dodgers, 3 games to none." -
Thom Brennamanon FOX Sports
*"Now it's 3 and 2, Loney running, Wagner deals: Swing and a fly ball, right field, towards the line -- Green over -- in foul ground, makes the catch! Put it in the books! The Mets are gonna play for the pennant! They have swept the Dodgers in the National League Division Series, winning three straight. They blew a four run lead early, the Dodgers came back to take a 5 to 4 lead, but the Mets stormed back, they win it 9 to 5 and now they are all jumping up and down right in front of second base!" -
Howie Roseon WFAN
*"2-2 pitch...breaking ball, on the ground to Pujols, and for the third straight year the St. Louis Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series." -
*"Swing and a slow roller to the Cardinal first baseman, he takes care of it unassisted, and the Redbirds are headin' for Gotham!"-Cardinal broadcaster
Mike Shannoncalls the last out of the NLDS
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/schedule/ps_06.jsp 2006 MLB Postseason Schedule]
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