For the first time in history, MLB's regular season will conclude with two different tiebreakers, a thrilling conclusion to a topsy-turvy year across the National League. 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.
The victor at Wrigley gets a spot in the division series and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. Buehler took a no-hitter into the sixth before Charlie Blackmon broke it up, and the Rockies couldn't get on the board until hitting back to back solo home runs against Dodger closer Kenley Jansen in the 9th, which was too little too late.
Should the Rockies win the NLDS, they will face either the Atlanta Braves or the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The loser plays again Tuesday night, hosting the runner-up in the NL West in the wild-card game. They dominated the NL Central since 2015, losing the NLCS in '15 and '17, but beat the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. The Rockies managed to overcome and take the playoffs with a 5-2 win over Washington.
Buehler even helped himself offensively, hitting a single in the sixth for his first professional RBI and extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0. Los Angeles will have a rested bullpen for the game, and will start right-hander Walker Buehler. While both teams have clinched spots in the playoffs, the Wild Card berth still must be decided, and neither team wants to play in a one-game playoff (or a tiebreaker game). Yesterday, Jansen allowed two ninth-inning homers to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. It's the first division title for Milwaukee since they moved to the National League in 2011. "I've done everything I could to get my arm feeling good from my last start, and it feels good right now". In five games he has 48 strikeouts and eight earned runs while going 33.2 innings.
Fans of the team were hoping to see Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer out there for the final game in a last-ditch attempt to ruin someone else's playoff hopes, but the organization announced that Colorado would instead be dodging a bullet. He struck out nine and walked none for the victory. Atlanta has enjoyed a bounce-back season in which they ran away with the NL East and improved their season record exponentially from the last few years.