Tiebreakers to Decide NL Central, NL West

Oct 02, 2018, 01:47
Tiebreakers to Decide NL Central, NL West

The loser will play either the Cubs or Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game, who, guess what, will also be playing a Game 163 Monday for the NL Central title.

The Dodgers are about to play another end-of-season tiebreaker.

The Dodgers have won 12 of 19 contests against Colorado this season.

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Right-handed pitcher German Marquez (14-10, 3.76) will start for the Rockies. The victor will also receive home-field advantage against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. Once Monday's playoff games are over, the Braves will know their opponent - it's whoever wins the NL West.

"It's a game where obviously it's not do-or-die, but I think that it's a must-win game", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after a 15-0 rout in San Francisco. And because both teams atop the Central have the best records in the NL, the loser of Monday's early game will host the Wild Card.

Chicago hosts Milwaukee on Monday afternoon and the Colorado Rockies visit the Los Angeles Dodgers as baseball holds a pair of tiebreaker games on the same day for the first time. The Rockies shut out the Nationals in front of the home crowd, 12-0.

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