National League playoff picture needs two tiebreaker games
05 October, 2018, 08:58
The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs are both going to the postseason, but with matching 94-67 records entering Sunday's final day of the regular season the NL Central title has not been settled.
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Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said the close games in an electric atmosphere will help his young team in the future. Nobody in the National League wants to face them, especially the Cubs. Reliever Alec Mills, who was up and down with the Cubs this year, held the fort for the most part over two-plus innings. Yelich's 36 home runs are even with Colorado's Trevor Story and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado.
"We've been scrambling having to win every night", Counsell said. That could be this Cubs team, a group that has to turn around tomorrow and play the victor of Rockies-Dodgers.
"To win the game and get a couple days off, to host the Division Series is very important", he said.
Anthony Rizzo got off to a slow start before going on a tear. The NL West winner advances to a best-of-five Division Series against Atlanta, and the NL Central winner moves on to a Division Series against the winner of Tuesday's wild card game.
The Milwaukee Brewers won't know who they will meet in the National League Division Series until after the Colorado-Chicago game on Tuesday night, but they know when they will play their first three playoff games.
The Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers and Rockies have all clinched playoff spots, but want to avoid wild-card peril. The Brewers haven't announced their starter. Both these guys had exceptional second halves, with Buehler posting a 2.21 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 89/21 in 73.1 innings over 12 starts.
That increased workload didn't appear to have much of an adverse impact on the group, which also led the league with a 1.98 ERA in September, including a 1.72 mark over the final 26 games. The team tweeted out a letter for fans to give their bosses so they can get out of work Monday afternoon for the game.
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Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run dinger in the third and David Dahl made it 7-0 with a three-run shot in the fifth. The Los Angeles Dodgers entered game 163 for all the division marbles versus the Colorado Rockies .
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