Tiebreak games needed to settle NL Central, NL West races

Grant SmithOct 03, 2018

Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation.

It will be the second consecutive day that the teams will play in one-game playoffs. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.

The losers will be relegated to the Wild Card game, while the winners will be crowned division champions and get a few more days off before the best-of-five postseason starts later in the week. That included a loss at Wrigley Field on April 30 in which he allowed three runs over seven innings. It was the only time this season Freeland has faced the Cubs. Sunday's game will be played on MLBN. They're focused on the Lester with the Cubs now - and lately he's been very good.

He'll be facing a loaded lineup that features Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, both of whom hit home runs in the NL West playoff loss to Los Angeles on Monday.

It's a criss-cross kind of trip and it's one that the Rockies hoped they weren't going to have to make.

With the Wild Card game being the true beginning of the postseason, both the Cubs and Rockies will be forced to cut down their rosters back to the 25-man limit.

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