The Rockies and Dodgers had set up a decisive tie-breaker game for the NL West title after finishing the regular season level with identical 91-71 records on Sunday. They advanced to the World Series as the National League wild-card team in 2007. So they'll maintain expanded rosters and all the stats count, which could be a big deal with several statistical leaders in action Monday.
For the Dodgers, these not-quite-postseason games have been fraught with peril. The Dodgers got home-field advantage for the tie-breaker after winning the season series against Colorado, 12-7. The 1946 pennant was also decided by a best-of-three tiebreaker, with the Cardinals beating Brooklyn in two straight.
As it was always going to be, as it has nearly always been, the road for the West goes through Los Angeles and the boys in blue.
The Dodgers and Rockies are both coming into game 163 off double digit victories.More news: Cardi B questioned by police over strip club fight
One game for all the marbles.
The Rockies have a much happier (and shorter) history with these games. Buehler's last 20 innings thrown have been very good, including six of them against the Rockies on September 19th. The Cubs will host either Colorado or Los Angeles in a wild-card playoff game Tuesday. He finished the season with a.247 batting average - the same figure he had in each of the previous three years. Buehler has never pitched in a playoff game so this is as close as it can get without technically being a playoff game. The postseason will be a chance for a wide audience to see star rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who showed off his talent Sunday with a leaping catch high against the wall in left field on a drive by Philadelphia's Carlos Santana. Black has stayed the course and has put the Rockies one win away from their first-ever division title.More news: Ronaldo denies rape claims
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