Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

West, Central division titles up for grabs on TSN4

West, Central division titles up for grabs on TSN4

It's just the third time the Cubs have played an extra game at the end of the season to determine a championship or playoff berth. "After we got swept by the Dodgers, it seemed everybody was thinking the Dodgers are going to lock it up".

The title-winning Red Sox, Indians, Astros and Braves will advance to the postseason along with the Brewers, Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers plus the Yankees and Athletics, the two American League wild-card teams.

The other big man with the bat, Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle.

The National League West is so competitive that after the grueling 162-game season that baseball throws at every franchise, it's tied in the NL West and a game No. 163 tiebreaker is needed to reveal a division title victor.

The Cubs and Brewers are in this position because they each finished the season tied atop the division standings with 95-67 records. The American League Division Series will begin the next day with the Yankees-Athletics victor at the Red Sox and the Indians and Astros meeting in Houston. The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS.

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Colorado flies to Los Angeles as one of the hottest teams in baseball, winners of nine of their last ten. The Brewers haven't announced their starter.

The AL playoff scenario is set. The Rockies were similarly impressive, defeating the Washington Nationals 12-0 at Coors Field.

"It's two of the best young starting pitchers in the big leagues pitching in this type of game", Rockies manager Bud Black said. He's 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against Milwaukee. So it's perhaps not surprising that after five innings, Colorado holds a commanding 7-0 lead. "Any time we play the Cubs, it's a hostile environment, especially in Wrigley Field".

Since the tiebreakers are considered game No. 163 of the regular season, all stats Monday will count, giving Yelich a chance to win the first NL Triple Crown since Joe Medwick in 1937.

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