Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Colorado Rockies to meet Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game

Colorado Rockies to meet Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game

In the second game, at 4 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies to decide the NL West title.

On Monday, the Brewers beat the Cubs 3-1 to claim their first NL Central title since 2011. He'll be opposed by Kyle Freeland of the Rockies, who is 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, but he will be making his first playoff start.

The losing team will go on to play in the one-game National League Wild Card game, with the victor getting a few days off before advancing to the NL Division Series.

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Using Hendricks for more than an inning might take him out of play for a potential NLDS opener Thursday in Milwaukee.

Given the number of would-be viewers at work and school for the matinee, that number for Game 163 - representing nearly 270,000 Chicago-area TV homes - was strong. The team tweeted out a letter for fans to give their bosses so they can get out of work Monday afternoon for the game. After finishing off the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies left for California.

Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers Monday, while German Marquez was slated to get the ball for the Rockies. Moments later, the Cubs matched Milwaukee by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 at a soggy Wrigley Field. The nice thing is, since it's just a one-game roster, the Cubs have the flexibility to include an extra reliever or two (and an extra bench guy or two), since you don't have to carry all the starting pitchers.

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