Path to the NLDS: St. Louis (83-78) won the NL Central by 1 1/2 games; San Diego (88-74) finished the regular season tied with Los Angeles for first in the NL West, and won the division title by virtue of winning the season series against the Dodgers
Since they were awarded the division title after tying the Dodgers but holding the better record in the head-to-head regular season series, the Padres drew the division champion with the worse record. It didn't much matter in the NLDS, as the Cardinals outscored the Padres, 14-6, over four games.
Chris Carpenter and Jeff Weaver pitched well in Game 1 and 2 victories for St. Louis, setting the tone for the series (Carpenter also won Game 4). A young Adam Wainwright made three appearances out of the St. Louis bullpen, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
Chris Young's 6 2/3 shutout innings in Game 3 helped the Padres to their lone victory.
Veteran Dave Roberts had a series-high seven hits for San Diego, while St. Louis was led by Ronnie Belliard's six hits and Albert Pujols' three RBIs.