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National League Wild Card Game: Rockies vs Cubs

03 October 2018

Of course, a win on Sunday could also give the Rockies their first-ever NL West title, depending on how the Dodgers fare in San Francisco in their season finale against the Giants.

Yasiel Puig will start in place of the heavy-hitting Matt Kemp, while Kike Hernadez will get the start at second place and bat eighth over the veteran Brian Dozier, who hit a big two-run homer yesterday.

Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run homers to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday. They have now won the West in each of the last six seasons.

Because the Cubs and Brewers are tied for the NL lead with 95 wins, the victor at Wrigley Field will earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs and host the victor of the wild-card game in the NLDS. Whoever wins this game has home field advantage against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.

In a surprising twist, Nats manager Davey Martinez revealed after the Saturday's game that Erick Fedde will start on Sunday.

The MLB regular season has come to an end; unless you're a fan of the Rockies, the Dodgers, the Brewers or the Cubs.

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The 24-year-old right hander was brilliant for Los Angeles in Game 163. He gave up two runs, both unearned, and threw 101 pitches.

L.A. got a masterful one-hit performance from rookie Walker Buehler, who may or may not be nicknamed Ferris in the clubhouse, since a lot of those players might be too young to know that movie, but I digress.

The Dodgers were given a scare when closer Kenley Jansen was pounded for home runs by Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story in the ninth with no outs. The right-hander finished the regular season with at least nine strikeouts in seven of his final eight starts and had 230 strikeouts on the season, fourth most in the NL. He improved to 2-for-17. The Dodgers have a better team ERA (3.41) than Colorado (4.36) but the Rockies have a better team batting average (.256) compared to the Dodgers'.249 average.

Then, LA added an insurance run when Enrique Hernandez hit a ground-rule double and then Walker Buehler scored him with a single for the 5-0 lead. The Rockies managed to overcome and take the playoffs with a 5-2 win over Washington.

Colorado has made the playoffs four times since it entered Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1993. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts subbed many of his starters to get them rest and also use some of his reserves so they got some at-bats before Monday.

The Rockies have had playoff success despite never winning their division.

National League Wild Card Game: Rockies vs Cubs