Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Colorado Rockies to meet Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game

Jesus Aguilar gets some love after his home run made it 3-0 Jesus Aguilar gets some love after his home run made it 3-0
Betsy Taylor | 03 October, 2018, 08:39

Both teams earned their place in the game with losses in tiebreakers Monday.

It was just the 15th and 16th times in Major League Baseball history that a 163rd game was needed in order to decipher a division victor.

Jon Lester is scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs while Kyle Freeland is expected to be the starter for the Rockies.

The general manager of a Chicago bar that caters to Wisconsin teams described the tension between Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs fans as a sibling rivalry, and there were plenty of fans in and around Wrigley Field Monday, Oct. 1 - as the Brewers won the division, beating the Cubs 3-1.

MLB Communications said in a tweet that the Brewers will play the victor of Tuesday night's game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.


After posting identical 91-71 records through Sunday, the Dodgers and Rockies squared off for perhaps the final time in 2018 in a Game 163 tiebreaker at Dodger Stadium.

Wild-card games on Tuesday (losers of Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers games) and Wednesday (Athletics at Yankees) will narrow the field to eight teams, four in each league, as the chase begins in earnest for the World Series crown.

Cubs skipper Joe Maddon says in many ways the fact that the 162-game season comes down to an extra game to decide the national Central division champion shows why in his view baseball is the flawless sport. Arenado led the National League in home runs with 38 while Story was just one behind with 37.

The Brewers' victory averaged a 13.5 household rating in the Milwaukee area, or nearly 115,000 southeastern Wisconsin TV homes.

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