The Rockies offense went off for double digits several times this week but those games were against subpar pitching. The Brewers have yet to announce who will get the start for them, but it would not be shocking if they turned it into a bullpen game. The Dodgers completed a three game sweep of the Giants and the Rockies won two of three against the Nationals. So barring a monster comeback in one of these games, there will be a tiebreaker to determine the National League West champion Monday in L.A.
In Los Angeles, rookie Walker Buehler will face off against German Marquez. But it's hard to deny that the Rockies have real motivation to win while the Nats have something less than that. He completely shut down the Rockies lineup, allowing just one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Buehler has posted a 2.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his first full big league season.
Marquez's most recent appearance against the Dodgers was June 30th, in which he hurled an absolute gem, striking out nine batters on his way to an eight inning, two-hit, one run performance. He improved to 2-for-17.
First baseman Max Muncy followed with another two-run homer off of Marquez in the fifth to help the Dodgers put the game out of reach.
Passenger plane crash landed into the ocean
Minutes after the plane crashed into the Pacific lagoon, local people and mini boats quickly showed up to rescue the passengers. Bill Jaynes, managing editor of a Micronesia-based newspaper, was on the plane when it hit the water.
Walker Buehler has been lights out for the Dodgers lately posting a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.
The Rockies have still yet to win a division title.
The Rockies entered Game 163 with a chance to change that, but they came up short. He has been solid in September and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this month.
The Rockies have had playoff success despite never winning their division. Although it's not a win or go home scenario for either team, the victor will have home-field advantage in the divisional series and the loser will have to turn around and play Tuesday in the wild-card matchup.