Cubs set for tiebreaker game to settle NL Central

Cubs set for tiebreaker game to settle NL Central

With the Washington Nationals thumping of the Colorado Rockies Saturday night the Dodgers and Rockies are both tied for first in the NL West.

The Dodgers were 12-7 against the Rockies in 2018. The Rockies have never won the NL West.

A win on Monday puts the Dodgers into a matchup with the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series, and one in which they would have home-field advantage for.

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With the Brewers facing the Cubs for the NL Central title (1:05 ET, ESPN) and the Rockies and Dodgers squaring off for the NL West crown (4:09 ET, ESPN), baseball will have two one-game tiebreakers in the same season for the first time. 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. Defending World Series champion Houston opens the ALDS against Cleveland.

The Giants moved Madison Bumgarner back just to start against the Dodgers on Friday, despite the fact that the series is completely meaningless to them. The Nationals chose to skip ace Max Scherzer and instead start Erick Fedde.

At Wrigley, lefty Jose Quintana is set to start for the Cubs. The Cubs beat the Cardinals, 10-5, in their season finale Sunday behind big hits from Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, which could've clinched the division for Chicago had Milwaukee faltered Sunday. Blackmon then drilled a two-run homer of his own in the third, singled to lead off the fifth, and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the eighth. Yelich's 36 home runs are even with Colorado's Trevor Story and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado. It all culminates. But at the same time, it's still a regular-season game.