Dodgers To Face Rockies in Tiebreaker

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Colorado Rockies in a tiebreaker to determine the National League West champion today at Dodger Stadium.

The tiebreaker was necessitated by the Dodgers and Rockies both winning on Sunday, the final day of Major League Baseball's regular season, to finish tied atop the division with 91-71 records.

The Dodgers received home-field advantage for the tiebreaker by winning the season series against Colorado, 12-7.

Walker Buehler will be the Dodgers starting pitcher. Fellow right- hander German Marquez will start for the Rockies.

Buehler is 7-5 with a 2.76 ERA and 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts against Colorado. The Dodgers are 2-3 against the Rockies when Buehler starts against them.

Marquez is 14-10 with a 3.76 ERA and 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.

The tiebreaker is considered a regular-season game, allowing both teams to use the expanded rosters, which went into effect Sept. 1. The Dodgers have 40 players on their roster, including 21 pitchers. The Rockies have 35 players, including 17 pitchers.

If the Dodgers win, they will face the National League East champion Atlanta Braves in a best-of-five NL Divisional Series that will begin Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

If the Dodgers lose, they will be the league's second wild card team and play Tuesday in the wild card at the loser of Monday's NL Central tiebreaker between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

If the Dodgers win the wild card game, they would face the NL Central champion in a division series, beginning Thursday on the road.

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