M.L.B. Playoff Races: In the N.L., the Final Day May Not Be the Last Word

The two remaining divisional battles for first place could each come down to a tiebreaker game, keeping the wild-card matchup up in the air.

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Christian Yelich of the Brewers hitting the winning home run, his second blast of the game, during the seventh inning against the Tigers on Saturday night.CreditMorry Gash/Associated Press

Three National League races will still be up for grabs entering the final day of the regular season. And the N.L. Central and N.L. West races, and thus the wild-card matchup, may even need an extra day, as two teams are tied for first place in each of those divisions.

Cole Hamels gave up one earned run and struck out eight in seven innings for the Cubs in a loss to the Cardinals.CreditMatt Marton/Associated Press

The Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers are tied for first place.

Miles Mikolas outpitched Cole Hamels as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cubs, 2-1, on Saturday. Milwaukee took advantage and tied the Cubs, defeating the visiting Detroit Tigers, 6-5, on the strength of two Christian Yelich home runs.

If the Cubs and the Brewers are tied after Sunday’s games, the Cubs will host a tiebreaker game on Monday to determine who wins the division and who hosts the wild-card game on Tuesday.

“It’s a special moment to be able to see that type of intensity that comes with meaningful games and that sort of playoff atmosphere,” Hamels said.

Joc Pederson of the Dodgers with the third-base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a home run to start the game against the Giants.CreditLachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
Juan Soto of the Nationals after his fifth-inning home run against the Rockies.CreditDustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for first place.

The Dodgers clinched their sixth straight postseason berth with a 10-6 victory at San Francisco. Joc Pederson led off the game with a home run for Los Angeles. The Rockies, which had won eight in a row, fell into a tie for first with a 12-2 home loss to Washington, which got a homer and four runs batted in from Juan Soto. Colorado will have to face the ace Max Scherzer (18-7, 300 strikeouts) on Sunday.

If the Dodgers and the Rockies are tied for first after Sunday’s games, the Dodgers will host a tiebreaker game on Monday.

The Cubs or the Brewers will host the wild-card game. The Dodgers or the Rockies will be the opponent.

The Cardinals, despite ending a four-game losing streak, were eliminated when the Dodgers won.

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