Previewing Game 163 for the NL West Title


The Dodgers are facing off Monday afternoon with the Colorado Rockies in a tie-breaker game at Dodger Stadium to determine the National League West champion.

The National League West is so competitive that after the grueling 162-game season that baseball throws at every franchise, it's tied in the NL West and a game No. 163 tiebreaker is needed to reveal a division title victor. The Brewers fell as many as six games behind, but charged home with a 19-7 September record that included four wins in six head-to-head meetings with the Cubs.

As familiar as the Cubs and Brewers are with one another, Monday's game will hold extra significance.

For the Dodgers, they will send Walker Buehler to the mound and with no disrespect to Clayton Kershaw, Buehler has been the Dodgers best pitcher this season.

The Rockies entered Game 163 with a chance to change that, but they came up short. That game went 13 innings, with Colorado prevailing 9-8 when Matt Holliday may or may not have touched the plate when he was credited with the winning run. 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. Davis, however, was getting attention for a different reason Sunday. His career average is.248.

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Should the Rockies win the NLDS, they will face either the Atlanta Braves or the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Charlie Blackmon -.267 batting average against Buehler with one home run and three RBI's.

Pitcher Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers, facing off against fellow right-hander German Marquez for the Rockies.

The Rockies have still yet to win a division title. Had there just been one tiebreaker, the extra game would have started at 3:09pm CT.