Here's how Major League Baseball playoffs shake out, with fun tiebreakers

Jo Caldwell
October 5, 2018

The Brewers won the division for the first time since 2011, with a 3 to 1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central tiebreaker game Monday night. The left-handed slugger also hit a two-run homer in the third inning of the Brewers' sixth straight win.

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.

Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland will start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

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If the Rockies win, they will advance to the division series against the Milwaukee Brewers and they would play afternoon games on Thursday and Friday. The losers of those games will play Tuesday in the NL wild-card game.

Major League Baseball today announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday, October 7th. But since the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, and Cubs all won, neither the Central nor the West has been decided.

Brewers: Counsell named LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-11) the starter for the finale.

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Yelich is hitting.323 in his first season with Milwaukee, sealing the first batting title in Brewers' history.

Rizzo's homer was the only extra-base hit for the Cubs, who were lost for just the second time in their past six games. Things have been pretty darn smooth for the Brewers over their last 7 game, while the Cubs have had their share of late-season struggles. The Royals scored six runs off Lester during a dramatic rally for a 9-8, 12-inning win over Oakland in 2014.

Pinch hitter Domingo Santana sent Arcia to third with a double, after which Cain lined his lead-grabbing single to center field off Steve Cishek. Daniel Murphy and Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs. Reliever Alec Mills, who was up and down with the Cubs this year, held the fort for the most part over two-plus innings. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA in seven starts against the Brewers this year.

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Marquez last faced the Dodgers all the way back on June 30th when he allowed just two hits and one earned run in eight innings. He hasn't started a postseason game since 2014 but in three total playoff outings, is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.

Tigers: Rookie Spencer Turnbull (0-1) takes the mound for the season finale.

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