National League standings

Complete National League standings can be found below. Covering the NL East, NL Central and NL West, this page will be kept up to date with team records throughout the season.

Despite a change to the playoff structure in 2020, normality has resumed for 2021. The three division winners from the National League standings make the postseason. Of the remaining teams, the two with the best records matchup in a wildcard game. This one-off game provides the fourth playoff team in the National League.

From World Series contenders to rebuilders, here are the records for every National League team.

Although established in 1969, the National League East has had some change over the years. The Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals. Atlanta joined from the NL West in 1994, and the Miami Marlins were an expansion team one year earlier. Only the Mets and Phillies have been there throughout.

Up until 1994, the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals were all in the National League East – they have since been featured in the National League Central standings.


The NL Central appeared in the 1990s as a new home for the Pirates, Cubs, Cardinals and Reds. They were joined by the Houston Astros, who departed for the American League in 2013.

Having spent most of their history in the American League, the Milwaukee Brewers jumped over to the NL Central standings in 1998.

The Cardinals are the most successful team in NL Central history.

Just a decade or so after the Giants and Dodgers swapped the east coast for the west, the National League West was formed. The Padres joined them as founding members. The Reds, Braves and Astros were also founding members.

Colorado and Arizona joined as expansion teams in 1993 and 1998 respectively. The NL West standings are often among the most exciting in baseball.


How to follow National League games

Whether searching to watch MLB or just trying to keep up with the scores, following a National League season is an intense commitment.

The Major League Baseball app is a great way to catch up with games. Franchise Sports also provides daily MLB coverage as well as a frequent podcast on the latest events around the Majors.