One-game tiebreaker numbers and notes

Marcus Newton
October 3, 2018

Your Los Angeles Dodgers toppled the Colorado Rockies easily, 5-2, in today's National League West tiebreaker game.

Because the Cubs and Brewers are tied for the NL lead with 95 wins, the victor at Wrigley Field will earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs and host the victor of the wild-card game in the NLDS. The victor of Monday's matchup will clinch the division title and advance to National League Divisional Series against the Braves with home-field advantage. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers finished 95-67, tied atop the NL Central.

Rockies starter German Marquez (14-11) gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits over 4 2/3 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. The last time these two teams met, the Dodgers swept them in a three-game series at Chavez Ravine, igniting a comeback to get the team to this very point.

Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers and getting scratched from Sunday's outing.

Jansen recovered however to get the final three outs and wrap up the Dodgers sixth straight divisional title.

The defending NL champion Dodgers became the first major league team to win six straight division crowns since the Yankees captured nine AL East titles in a row from 1998-2006. Muncy followed in the fifth inning with his own two-run home run, his 35th of the season. Travis Shaw added a solo homer for Milwaukee, which finished the 162-game schedule on a seven-game winning streak.

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Dave Roberts now has the freedom to get Clayton Kershaw off to the right start in Game 1 and come back with Walker Buehler in a potential close-out game in Atlanta. As the punchless Rockies discovered on a hot Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, Buehler might already be there. Tyler Anderson was fantastic on the mound, pitching 7.2 innings of shutout baseball while giving up only four hits. "No matter who's coming, we're going to the World Series and bring the 2018 championship here". They have a unsafe top end of their lineup with the likes of Freeman and Markakis, as every playoff team will, but the Dodgers will be a heavy favorite with an overwhelming lineup top-to-bottom. His performance on Monday will count towards his regular season stats.

Buehler did not allow Colorado to record a hit until there was one out in the sixth.

The Rockies countered with one - count 'em - one hit off Buehler, a single by Charlie Blackmon to break up Buehler's no-hitter in the sixth.

The Rockies went on to defeat the Nationals 12-0.

Francisco Lindor hit a home run, and Carlos Carrasco pitched five strong innings as Cleveland ended the regular season with a victory at Kansas City.

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