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Breaking the tie

Michael Mates, Sports Editor

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For the first time in MLB history, two tiebreakers will be played to determine the seeds in the National League. There have only been 14 tiebreakers ever, yet they have never taken place in the same season. The most recent instance in 2013 when the Tampa Bay Rays played the Texas Rangers. The Rays won this matchup, yet lost in the divisional round.

First of all, the Atlanta Braves are the only team that has locked up a seed in the NL. They will be a two seed regardless of what happens in the tiebreaker games. They will face the winner of the NL West division. The NL West winner will play the Braves in the NLDS and receive the third seed. The loser of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies game will have to play on Tuesday against the loser of the other tiebreaker game. The two teams are fighting for a four or six seed and currently have a 91-71 record. The Rockies will start German Marquez while Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers.

The NL Central winner will be decided in Chicago as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The winner of the game will get the first seed and the loser will host the Wild Card game on Tuesday. The two teams currently are tied with a 95-67 record. Jose Quintana will get the ball for the Cubs while the Brewers will have Jhoulys Chacin take the mound. Cubs fan and social studies teacher Mr. Joe Milharcic said, “I think they need to play the extra game because it will name an outright winner for the division.”

Here is the possible remaining schedule:

Tiebreaker Games

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs; Mon., Oct. 1, 1:05 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers; Mon., Oct. 1, 4:09 p.m. ET (ESPN)

 

National League Wild Card Game

Rockies/Dodgers Loser at Brewers/Cubs Loser; Tues., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

 

National League Division Series (NL Wild Card Winner vs. Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers Winner)

Game 1: NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee; Thurs., Oct. 4, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 2: NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee; Fri., Oct. 5, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 3: Chicago/Milwaukee at NL Wild Card; Sun., Oct. 7, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 4*: Chicago/Milwaukee at NL Wild Card; Mon., Oct. 8, TBD (FS1)

Game 5*: NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee; Wed., Oct. 10, TBD (FS1)

 

National League Division Series (Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers/Colorado Rockies Winner)

Game 1: Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado; Thurs., Oct. 4, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 2: Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado; Fri., Oct. 5, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 3: Los Angeles/Colorado at Atlanta; Sun., Oct. 7, TBD (FS1/MLBN)

Game 4*: Los Angeles/Colorado at Atlanta; Mon., Oct. 8, TBD (FS1)

Game 5*: Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado; Wed., Oct. 10, TBD (FS1)