Dodgers, Rockies to play Game 163 for NL West title

Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers Monday, while German Marquez was slated to get the ball for the Rockies.

The victor advances to the National League Division Series, while the loser plays in the National League Wild Card Game against the loser from the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers National League Central tiebreaker game earlier Monday.

The Dodgers have won 12 of 19 contests against Colorado this season.

Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs begin the doubleheader drama when they host Milwaukee for the NL Central crown. Nolan Arenado pops it up and Trevor Story flies out. The victor of Monday's matchup will clinch the division title and advance to National League Divisional Series against the Braves with home-field advantage.

"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.

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Will the Dodgers head to the playoffs as a Wild Card team or as NL West champs? League championship series open October 12 in the National League and October 13 in the American League. They had ace Max Scherzer slated to start the final game of the season at Colorado. Dodgers starter Buehler has thrown 31.2 innings in the day.

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will need one more game to settle the National League Central. Blackmon then drilled a two-run homer of his own in the third, singled to lead off the fifth, and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the eighth.

The Cubs were up 8-4 at home against St. Louis in the sixth.

For the first time in history, MLB's regular season will conclude with two different tiebreakers, a thrilling conclusion to a topsy-turvy year across the National League.

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