October Hunt Ends, Playoff Picture Finally Inked
Monday's divisional tiebreakers had major playoff implications for all four teams. The Brewers beat the Cubs, 3-1, and the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 5-2. The Brewers and Dodgers move to the NLDS. The Cubs and Rocks will face off tonight in the Wild Card. You can read about last night's games below, followed by a look at the playoff picture that's finally been solidified.
Brewers Beat Cubs at Wrigley, 3-1
Chicago tallied just three hits against Milwaukee yesterday afternoon. Orlando Arcia had four hits on his own for the Brewers. Arcia and Christian Yelich (three hits) were the catalysts for the Crew. Milwaukee has won eight straight games, 20 of their last 27, and they rallied from five games back in September to take the division. There's no hotter team in baseball.
The Cubs will put Jon Lester on the mound against Colorado in tonight's Wild Card game.
Dodgers Beat Rockies in L.A., 5-2
Los Angeles won its sixth straight game with their win over Colorado in the tiebreaker. Walker Buehler tossed 5 and 1/3 no-hit innings. German Marquez was absolutely dealing for the Rocks until Dodgers' youngster Cody Bellinger took him deep to right in the 4th inning (two-run shot). Dodgers led 5-0 until Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back home runs in the 9th. Too little, too late.
The Rockies will start lefty Kyle Freeland tonight in Chicago.
NL Playoff Bracket: Los Angeles captures the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 2 seed Atlanta Braves. The Brewers snagged the No. 1 seed and will await the winner of the Wild Card between the Cubs and Rockies. The NLDS series will begin on Thursday.
AL Playoff Bracket: The AL side had been set for more than a week. The No. 2 seed Houston Astros will play the No. 3 seed Cleveland Indians while the No. 1 seed Boston Red Sox await the winner of the Wild Card between the Yankees and Athletics. The ALDS series will begin on Friday.