"It's a game where obviously it's not do-or-die, but I think that it's a must-win game", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after a 15-0 rout in San Francisco.
The victor of this tie-breaker gets the next two days off before facing the team that wins the Wild Card playoff in the National League Division Series on Thursday.
"All the teams in the playoffs are really good".
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Win or lose, all four teams will play on, either as division champions or National League wild-card teams.
The other big man with the bat, Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle. German Marquez, who struck out eight straight batters to begin his last start, takes on Manny Machado, Justin Turner and their Los Angeles teammates. On Saturday, however, the Nationals announced that Erick Fedde would start instead, citing Scherzer's workload and the fact that both Colorado and Los Angeles had already clinched playoff spots. When they were in Brooklyn, the Dodgers finished tied with the rival Giants for the 1951 NL pennant, and then famously lost a three-game series to NY on a home run by Bobby Thomson. Jose Quintana is likely to start for the Cubs, and Jhoulys Chacin is in line for the Brewers. Buehler, 24, had a 2.76 ERA in 130 innings this season.
The Cubs put themselves in this position with a 10-5 win at home over St. Louis. Milwaukee got there by crushing the Tigers 11-0 to sweep their second-straight series. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez scored six of the Cubs' runs.
Brewers 1, Cubs 0: Christian Yelich - of course - gets the Brewers on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI single.
Ryan Zimmerman, who started all 162 games as the Nats' third baseman in 2007, had stood alone in the club's 14-season history until Turner matched him this year.