The Dodgers and Rockies will meet Monday in Los Angeles, with the victor taking the division and the loser playing either the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card game Tuesday. Los Angeles will have a rested bullpen for the game, and will start right-hander Walker Buehler. Buehler's incredible performance should give the team confidence that the 24-year old will be a reliable piece to the postseason roster, rounding out a three-man rotation consisting of Kershaw, Ryu, and Buehler in that order. After Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal struck out, Bellinger connected on a 1-0 pitch from German Marquez (14-11).
Anderson is 0-0 with a 4.35 ERA in two starts against the Nationals, including an outing this season on April 15 at Washington where he allowed two hits, three runs (one earned) and six walks in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts in a no-decision in Colorado's 6-5 win. Monday's losers will be back on the field Tuesday, forced to face off in the single-game elimination NL Wild-Card Game. "Being able to win despite having to fight through, this is a lesson we'll carry over into the postseason", he said. The Brewers and Cubs' game is bound to be a battle, one that will either end with Wrigley faithful raising the W or getting ready for an Major League Baseball playoffs Wild Card game against the Dodgers or the Rockies.
The Dodgers fell out of the division lead with a loss Wednesday at Arizona before taking all three from the injury-plagued Giants to close out the final weekend of the regular season.
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Joc Pederson doubled to deep right-center leading off the fifth. Brian Dozier, Max Muncy, and Austin Barnes hit home runs, while lefty Rich Hill went seven shutout innings and giving up only two hits. In the early game, the Brewers went in to Wrigley Field and shut down the Cubs 3-1 to win their first division title since 2011.
The silky-smooth slugger stalled in his bid for the league's first Triple Crown in decades, but he starred once again as the Brew Crew captured the biggest prize of the day. The Dodgers had never won more than two consecutive division titles before the current run.
Yelich singled home Milwaukee's first run and won the NL batting title with a.326 average. Nolan Arenado - the teams's MVP - hit a solo home run and then Trevor Story hit one of his own. The tiebreakers are considered part of the regular season, and stats are counted accordingly.