Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Previewing Game 163 for the NL West Title

Previewing Game 163 for the NL West Title

And because both teams atop the Central have the best records in the NL, the loser of Monday's early game will host the Wild Card.

The loser of the game will host either the Dodgers or Rockies in the wild-card game, while the victor will wait to play the victor of the wild-card game.

Colorado's Nolan Arenado went deep twice Sunday, giving him an NL-most 37, and Manny Machado takes a nine-game hitting streak (12-for-36) into the contest for Los Angeles, which has won 12 of 19 games in the season series.

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The result: a deadlock that requires one last game between the Rockies and the Dodgers to determine the NL West division title.

In 2007 Major League Baseball enlisted comedian Dane Cook to star in promotional ads for its Postseason with the tagline "there's only one October". The tiebreakers are considered part of the regular season, and stats are counted accordingly.

It might not have quite the same drain as the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, but Monday's one-game divisional playoffs are going to put a serious dent in workplace productivity.

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In an era when the rise in home runs come with an increase in strikeouts, Joc Pederson has avoided the trend of the latter. His career average is.248. Once Monday's playoff games are over, the Braves will know their opponent - it's whoever wins the NL West. The Colorado-Los Angeles victor also begins the NLDS at home versus Atlanta. 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.

The Brewers did not announce their starter until Monday morning.

The West game will feature a potentially thrilling pitching matchup, with Walker Buehler taking on German Marquez.

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