Wild-card games on Tuesday (losers of Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers games) and Wednesday (Athletics at Yankees) will narrow the field to eight teams, four in each league, as the chase begins in earnest for the World Series crown. The Rockies have never won the NL West.
The victor of the NL Central would be the top seed in the National League and hold home-field advantage through the NLCS.
Oakland and the Yankees hold the wild-card game Wednesday night in NY and the victor goes to Boston on Friday. The Rockies were similarly impressive, defeating the Washington Nationals 12-0 at Coors Field.
Hazard tells Sturridge to repeat heroics against Manchester City
While the German gaffer commended many of his players and gave goalscorer Daniel Sturridge a big hug, Van Dijk received a lengthy tactical debrief.
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the final day of the season tied for the National League West lead, meaning they need a bit of help to clinch the division title on Sunday.
The Dodgers topped Colorado 12-7 in the season series. League championship series open October 12 in the National League and October 13 in the American League. However, not long after news of the Nationals scratching Max Scherzer, the Dodgers announced Rich Hill would instead take the ball. They fell behind to the Cardinals 2-0 in the first inning at Wrigley Field as the Brewers were beating the Tigers at Miller Park after the first frame.
- Jhoulys Chacin will start the NL Central tiebreaker for the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee won its seventh in a row, trouncing Detroit 11-0. Yelich's 36 home runs are even with Colorado's Trevor Story and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado.
Ryan Zimmerman, who started all 162 games as the Nats' third baseman in 2007, had stood alone in the club's 14-season history until Turner matched him this year.