The winner of this matchup will get a few days off and a home-field advantage against the Atlanta Braves.
There are no ties in baseball. pic.twitter.com/ICxFOBMcCU
— MLB (@MLB) September 30, 2018
How They Got to a Game 163
Back in May, the Dodgers looked like a shell of the powerhouse team that made it to the World Series just a year ago. They were 10 games under .500 and off to their worst start in 60 years.
Four months later, the Dodgers regained their dominance and seemed destined to clinch their sixth-straight division title.
They swept the Rockies at Dodger Stadium from Sept. 17th to Sept. 19th. Then, after losing two of three against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they swept the San Francisco Giants to end the season with a 91-71 record.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 30, 2018
The Rockies road an explosive offense all season, but a hot streak to end the season pushed Colorado to the top of the division race. After getting swept by the Dodgers, the Rockies won nine of their last ten games.
The Rockies swept the Diamondbacks in a three-game series, then finished off a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at home. Colorado then dominated on the final day of the regular season, crushing the Washington Nationals 12-0 to match the Dodger’s record after 162 games.
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 30, 2018
Two young studs will take the mound for the tie-breaker.
For the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler has been one of the game’s best pitchers in the second half of the MLB season.
Buehler is 7-5 with a 2.76 ERA for the season, but he owns a 1.70 ERA over his last 11 starts. He has given up more than two runs only once in those 11 starts, and he has held opponents to a .176 batting average in that time.
Facing Buehler will be Colorado’s own young ace, German Marquez.
Marquez owns a 14-10 record on the season with a 3.76 ERA. However, like Buehler, Marquez has been one of the best second-half pitchers in baseball.
In his last 12 starts, Marquez has a 2.16 ERA while holding hitters to a mere .201 average.
The last time Marquez faced the Dodgers on June 30th, he went eight innings and gave up just one run in a 3-1 victory.
When to Watch
The Game 163 matchup between the Rockies and the Dodgers is scheduled for today at 4:09 p.m.