Previewing Game 163 for the NL West Title


Dodgers rookie Buehler produced a pitching masterclass to keep the Rockies offense in a vice-like grip and provide the platform for his team's formidable hitting line-up in an emphatic win at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers are looking to push their streak of NL West championships to six straight seasons. Marquez has faced off against the Dodgers three times, winning two of those games, with a 2.57 ERA.

Throughout a season in which the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers spent the year as neighbors, both geographically and in the National League Central standings, it will come down to one final meeting.

Walker Buehler will start on the mound for the Dodgers. All that's left to decide is which two teams are the Wild Card teams - the losers - and which teams will go on to the NLDS.

After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers did win a best-of-three series against the Milwaukee Braves for the 1959 pennant, but three years later, it was the Giants again who stood in the way.

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The Rockies will travel to Chavez Ravine after losing the head-to-head season series to the Dodgers (7-12) with first pitch scheduled for 2:09pm MST. He completely shut down the Rockies lineup, allowing just one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Buehler has struck out 26 batters, while only allowing two runs in his last 20 innings pitched.

Hear from inside the clubhouse as Rox Pile Co-Editor Kevin Henry caught up with Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, stars like Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado and tomorrow's starter Kyle Freeland.

As for the rules governing the extra contests, they'll be the same as for all other games in September.

The Brewers then looked to Josh Hader to shut down the Cubs in the final two innings, and the All-Star pitcher duly delivered, getting the final six outs to see Milwaukee home. They advanced to the World Series as the National League wild-card team in 2007.