Cubs to host Brewers for NL Central tiebreaker game

Dodgers Dugout It all comes down to Dodgers vs. Giants

Dodgers Dugout It all comes down to Dodgers vs. Giants

It's on to Game 163 for the two NL West foes.

Los Angeles looks to capture its sixth-straight NL West title. If those are the results on Sunday then the Rockies win the division and the Dodgers travel to either Chicago or Milwaukee for Tuesday's Wild Card game. The Dodgers completed a three game sweep of the Giants and the Rockies won two of three against the Nationals.

So barring a monster comeback in one of these games, there will be a tiebreaker to determine the National League West champion Monday in L.A. The loser will play tomorrow against the loser of the Brewers-Cubs tiebreaker game in an elimination game. So they'll maintain expanded rosters and all the stats count, which could be a big deal with several statistical leaders in action Monday.

The Cubs won the NL wild card in 1998 by beating San Francisco 5-3 in a one-game playoff. He is also 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA at home in 12 appearances. He finished the season with a.247 batting average - the same figure he had in each of the previous three years. The Dodgers defeated the Braves in the 2013 NLDS. The Rockies were similarly impressive, defeating the Washington Nationals 12-0 at Coors Field. Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle with a triple in the first inning, a homer in the third, a single in the fifth and a double in the eighth. On Saturday, however, the Nationals announced that Erick Fedde would start instead, citing Scherzer's workload and the fact that both Colorado and Los Angeles had already clinched playoff spots.

Two young hard-throwing right-handed pitchers will take the mound Monday when Los Angeles hands the ball to Walker Buehler and the Rockies counter with German Marquez, who has two wins and a no-decision in three starts against the Dodgers this season.

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