MLB Set For Historic Pair Of One-Game Division Tiebreakers
Two "winner-take-all games loom" today in MLB, with Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers on tap to decide the NL Central and NL West, respectively. It will be the "first time in baseball history two divisions will be determined by one-game playoff." It is also the "first time since MLB went to a two-wild card format in 2012 that a division winner was determined by playoff" (USA TODAY, 10/1). ESPN will televise both games starting at 1:00pm ET. The teams that do not win today will meet tomorrow in the NL Wild Card Game, also on ESPN (ESPN). Brewers-Cubs tickets went on sale last night, and they are "available in-person" at the Wrigley Field box office starting at 8:00am CT today (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/30).
Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to not decide anything. It's like it's the first day of the season" (Chicago DAILY HERALD, 10/1). Meanwhile, yesterday's "boisterous standing room only crowd of 47,833" at Coors Field started chanting "Beat L.A., beat L.A.," in the seventh inning of the Rockies' win over the Nationals (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 10/1).