NL Central tiebreaker game set for Monday

Colorado's Nolan Arenado went deep twice Sunday, giving him an NL-most 37, and Manny Machado takes a nine-game hitting streak (12-for-36) into the contest for Los Angeles, which has won 12 of 19 games in the season series. The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS. As the Dodgers defeated the Giants 15-0, both end Sunday still tied for the NL West lead.

Game 163 will be played at Dodgers Stadium after beating the Rockies 12 times to seven losses this season. The Brewers haven't announced their starter.

An 11-0 win by the Brewers over the Tigers in Game 162 and a 10-5 Cubs win over the Cardinals has set up a winner-take-all game for the Division title on Monday afternoon. Davis, however, was getting attention for a different reason Sunday.

The Cubs are looking to win a franchise-record third straight NL Central title, while the Brewers are looking to win their first since 2011.

The Cubs put themselves in this position with a 10-5 win at home over St. Louis.

"We know what's at stake". The former Nationals pitcher who was acquired at the waiver trade deadline allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three.

Cubs players on this team are used to this, having played in three-straight National League Championship Series and winning the World Series in 2016.

From a slew of early rainouts to injury problems with Yu Darvish, and the month without a day off from late August through last September, this path to the postseason has certainly tested an already experienced group. "For us to be where we're at right now, we definitely like where we're at".

October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday.

  • Jacqueline Ellis