Tiebreak games needed to settle NL Central, NL West races

The Rockies Nolan Arenado celebrates at second base in front of the Nationals’ Trea Turner
The Rockies Nolan Arenado celebrates at second base in front of the Nationals’ Trea Turner
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02 October, 2018

The victor advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday and the loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. The 1946 pennant was also decided by a best-of-three tiebreaker, with the Cardinals beating Brooklyn in two straight. Had there just been one tiebreaker, the extra game would have started at 3:09pm CT. That game will be played at 3:09 CT on Monday in Los Angeles. In 1908, the second of three Cubs' World Series titles, the team won a make-up game against the Giants 4-2 on October 8th at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers.

General view as a Colorado Rockies fans holds a sign in reference to playing the Los Angelos Dodgers during the game against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Coors Field. Matt Holliday slid home - and maybe touched the plate - to eliminate San Diego in 2007. And because both teams atop the Central have the best records in the NL, the loser of Monday's early game will host the Wild Card.

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