Four teams determined not to give up their chances a division title forced Major League Baseball to an unprecedented extra day of the season.
Not one, but two winners take-all games lurk on Monday to determine the champions of the West and Central Division of the National League The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies, the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers played that Game 162 with a playoff-like urgency – and overran their opponents with a combined score of 48-5.
The disappointing Sunday will lead to a tight game 163s on Monday – with a quartet of division rivals finally face to face.
It will be the first time in baseball history two divisions will be determined by one-play playoff. And this is the first time since MLB went to a two-wild-card format in 2012 that a division winner was determined by the playoff.
First: The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, by Wrigley Field at 1:05. ET. Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Sunday as the Brewers hit the Detroit Tigers 11-0
The second leg: The Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers from Dodger Stadium at 4:08 pm ET 1: 08 PT. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.
A closer look at what's weaving:
Brewers at Cubs (1:05 ET / 12:05 CT)
Records : 95-67
Like them : The Cubs had to win four of their last five games to fend off the Brewers who swept the Tigers to end a weekend-end gameplay deficit.
Head-to-head : The Cubs were 11-8 against the Brewers and the teams shared six games in September, each winning two at home in the other home stadium.
Probable Pitching Plan : The Cubs start the left Jose Quintana, while Milwaukee does not announce a starter. Jhouly's Chacin is at the start, but manager Craig Counsell could opt for a "bullpen" game, as he did in a key match in St. Louis this week.
At stake : The winner will host the wild card winner in the NL Division Series starting on Thursday. The loser must win a home wild card game against the Rockies Dodgers loser on Tuesday.
Rockies at Dodgers (4:08 ET, 1: 08 PT)
Records : 91-71
How They Got Here : The Dodgers have their rivals in San Francisco swept past Sunday with a 15-0 win to overcome a loss this weekend. Colorado defeated Washington 12-0 on Sunday.
Head-to-Head : The Dodgers went 12: 7 against the Rocky Mountains, including a 6: 3 mark at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles swept three of Colorado's Sept. 17-19 to build, which seemed like a strong 2 1/2 game play.
Probable Throwing Plan : The Dodgers become dominant beginner Walker Buehler, while the Rocky Mountains have started lining up German Senzatela.
At stake : Starting Thursday, the winner will host the first two NL Division Series games against the Atlanta Braves. The loser travels to the loser of the Brewers Cubs.