Division rivals in AL East, NL Central meet in playoffs
According to the seeding rules used for the postseason, a Wild Card team cannot play a team from its own division in the first round of the postseason. Since the advent of the Wild Card, teams from the same division have met in the League Championship Series five previous times, and both of this season's LCS feature clubs from the same division squaring off.
This year's NLCS between the Astros and Cardinals marks the first time two clubs from the NL Central have met in the postseason. Three of the meetings have been between the Red Sox and Yankees.
New York Yankees 4, Baltimore 1
Florida 4, Atlanta 2
New York Yankees 4, Boston 1
Atlanta 4, New York Mets 2
New York Yankees 4, Boston 2
Boston vs. New York Yankees
Houston vs. St. Louis
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