Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Yelich, Brewers top Tigers; Central tiebreaker vs Cubs looms

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Sergio Cook | 05 October, 2018, 08:58

With the Cubs beating the Cardinals later Sunday, the Brewers will visit Wrigley Field in Chicago at 12:05 p.m. today to decide the division title. "I'm sure that's what it's going to be (Monday) - little things will matter, and it'll be a fun game". Both to divvy up divisions, too.

"We're a team that relies on our bullpen", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Eastern in a tiebreaker game for the NL Central division title.

The NL West tiebreaker features the Dodgers and the Rockies.

All four teams are already assured playoff spots, either as a division champ or wild card.

The Milwaukee Brewers won the season series against the Colorado Rockies 5-2 including taking 3 of 4 in Colorado and 2 of 3 in Milwaukee.

So, it means this: These matchups are not one-and-done. That could be this Cubs team, a group that has to turn around tomorrow and play the victor of Rockies-Dodgers.

The victor will wind up with home-field advantage through the entirety of the National League playoffs, while the loser will have to participate in what is essentially a play-in game on Wednesday, and risk missing out on the NLDS with a Wild Card loss.

Maddon was the Los Angeles Angels' bench coach in 2002 when they won the World Series as a wild card.

Corey Knebel (4-3), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning, was credited with the win. "I don't pay attention to it", Baez said.

Oakland and the Yankees hold the wild-card game Wednesday night in NY and the victor goes to Boston on Friday.

The awards keep rolling in for Christian Yelich - as he was crowned the National League Batting Champion and was named the National League's "Player of the Month" for September. The Nationals chose to skip ace Max Scherzer and instead start Erick Fedde. Justin Turner, Manny Machado, Matt Kemp and Brian Dozier all had big hits. The Rockies game will air on MLB Network. Momentum clashes with dominance, however, as Jose Quintana will be on the hill for the Cubs, and he has been fantastic against the Brewers in 2018. Even if Yelich never played another game as a Brewer, he's carved out a niche in the annals of Wisconsin baseball history with his remarkable year.

"Expecting it to be fairly hostile tomorrow", Yelich said. "Any time we play the Cubs, it's a hostile environment, especially in Wrigley Field".

"We'll be ready. This team has responded all year", said Anthony Rizzo, who homered for Chicago's run.

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