Twin Tiebreakers: NL Race Needs Extra Baseball
The NL playoff race was pure chaos throughout September. And at the end of the month, we'll need two more games to decide winners.
Tiebreaker games will be played today between the Cubs and Brewers (NL Central) and the Dodgers and Rockies (NL West). Winners will win their divisions. Losers will play Tuesday in the NL Wild Card. All four teams put up double digit efforts on Sunday (combined 48 runs). So this should be fun...
Cubs vs. Brewers (1:00 pm ET)
One of the biggest issues with an unplanned tiebreaker game is the pitching rotation. The Brewers have a plethora of arms to shuffle in for a few innings at a time. Once again, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell won't announce a starter until game time.
Jose Quintana is expected to start for the Cubs. Milwaukee's Christian Yelich is just 1-for-11 against Quintana in his career.
Dodgers vs. Rockies (4:00 pm ET)
Walker Buehler will get the start for Los Angeles. Should the Dodgers win and avoid the Wild Card, they'll have until Thursday and Friday to get Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin-Ryu ready with a full rest.
German Marquez will start for the Rocks. In his last start, he struck out the first eight batters he faced against the Phillies (tied for an MLB record).
NL Wild Card (Tuesday, Oct.2 - 8:00 pm, ET)
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