Roberts joins Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire (2002-04) and Houston's Larry Dierker (1997-99) as the only managers to win three straight division titles in their first three seasons on the job. Dave Roberts now has the freedom to get Clayton Kershaw off to the right start in Game 1 and come back with Walker Buehler in a potential close-out game in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves, L.A.'s Division Series opponent, with only two less wins. Quintana has a 3.05 ERA in his last eight starts.
J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, and host Boston concluded the best regular season in team history with a victory over NY.
Buehler even helped himself offensively, hitting a single in the sixth for his first professional RBI and extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0. In 2007, they beat the San Diego Padres to earn a wild-card berth, and then went on to sweep through the NL playoffs on the way to the World Series.
The victor hosts Atlanta in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday; the loser is on the road for the NL wild-card game Tuesday against the loser of Monday's Brewers-Cubs NL Central tiebreaker.
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Walker Buehler came through for the Dodgers. Could he play hero again as the Rockies play another game 163? The loser of that contest will play host to the NL wild-card game on Tuesday against the Dodgers or the Rockies. Now in order to determine who is going to be crowned N.L West champions, there is going to be a one-game playoff, and thanks to taking the season series 12-7, the game will take place in Dodger Stadium. They struck initially in the fourth inning, as Max Muncy struck out but got reached first base due to a passed ball.
Yelich singled home Milwaukee's first run and won the NL batting title with a.326 average. One out later, Muncy hit his 35th homer to left-center, extending the lead to 4-0 and chasing Marquez. With all-star players like Third Baseman Kris Bryant, Second Baseman Javier Báez and Pitcher Jon Lester, the Cubs could be a powerhouse during this postseason.
The Rockies were on a roll coming into the club's second tiebreaker and first for the NL West title, having won nine of 10 since being swept at Dodger Stadium from September 17-19. CarGo has had a nice bounce-back season after last year's season to forget. He finished the regular-season with an 8-5 record and a 2.62 ERA.