Colorado Rockies: Game 163 Preview

Virginia Santiago
October 3, 2018

An exciting final day of the regular season, gets even more exciting as there will be two game 163's, a first in Major League Baseball history.

The context here is that Scherzer's Nats are playing the Colorado Rockies, who are one game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West standings, this weekend.

If the Dodgers win the NLDS, they will not have home-field advantage anymore in the playoffs unless the Rockies make it to the NLCS. However, several Rockies said after the game that that was just a step in the season and Shapiro argues that Colorado should celebrate every postseason berth, even if there is more on the line.

The Rockies will head to Chicago on Tuesday to face the Cubs in the wild card game, with the victor advancing to a series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Earlier Monday, the Cubs lost the NL Central tie-breaker game to the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1.

And the payoff is huge as the Brew Crew goes back to Milwaukee to rest while the Cubs get right back at it today with a win-or-you're out wild card game, but they at least don't have to travel to play it.

If the Dodgers win the wild card game, they would face the NL Central champion in a division series, beginning Thursday on the road.

Dodgers rookie Buehler produced a pitching masterclass to keep the Rockies offense in a vice-like grip and provide the platform for his team's formidable hitting line-up in an emphatic win at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgershad never won more than two consecutive division titles before the current run. The two clubs will play a tiebreaker, regular season game no. 163, on Monday in L.A. The bats were hot as Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle and Nolan Arenado hit two home runs.

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Buehler, the starting pitcher, helped himself in the sixth inning at the plate while he dominated from the mound.

No such luxury for the Colorado Rockies, who had to board a plane from Los Angeles to the Windy City right after their 5-2 loss to the Dodgers last night.

Finally, in the top of the ninth inning, Colorado scored.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers. Arenado has bounced back nicely from his September slump to hit safely in his last eight games. The right-hander struck out three and walked three.

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Los Angeles' two homers extended its franchise and NL-leading total to 235 on the season.

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