Cubs-Brewers Set For National League Tiebreaker


The NL West tiebreaker features the Dodgers and the Rockies.

Win or lose, all four teams will play on, either as division champions or National League wild-card teams.

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

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It's playoff time in Major League Baseball with a pair of tiebreaker games on Monday launching the month-long chase to the World Series.

Milwaukee pitching silenced the Cubs' bats in a 3-1 victory that sends them to the National League Division Series, while their opponents suddenly face elimination.

The Brewers will host the victor of the Rockies-Cubs Wild Card Game at Miller Park.

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Nationally, according to Nielsen's overnight ratings of the metered markets, the twin National League tiebreakers of Cubs-Brewers and Dodgers-Rockies scored ESPN's two highest-rated MLB regular-season afternoon telecasts in 20 years.

Then it is on to the World Series starting October 23. The victor will also receive home-field advantage against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.

The wild-card roster includes five players who were acquired in July or August, including Hamels (trade from Texas), second baseman Daniel Murphy (from Washington) and reliever Jesse Chavez (from Texas). Lester, who didn't allow an earned run that night and has been very solid as of late. A popular one is the playing of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." after every home win at Dodger Stadium. "We'll be leaning on him hard, we've got to score him some runs so he can settle in".

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