3 takeaways from the Dodgers win over the Rockies

Arnold Nichols
October 2, 2018

The Rockies were unable to get a crucial tie-breaking win for the National League West title in Los Angeles Monday, meaning they will immediately head to Chicago for the NL wild-card game.

Walker Buehler stifled the Colorado Rockies as the Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed their hitting power in a division-clinching 5-2 tiebreaker victory on Monday. That said, Marquez has yet to face the new look lineup for Los Angeles, who made moves to acquire several names before the trade deadline, including Manny Machado and Brian Dozier. And this time, we're going to win the World Series. From great pitching performances to slugfests, they outscored their opponents 71-24 in the last 10 games. Their lead to that point was built on a pair of two-run home runs by Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. But if they lose, they will be the league's second wild card team and have to travel to Wrigley Field to play the the Chicago Cubs in a second tie-breaker Tuesday night.

Jose Quintana (13-11, 4.09 ERA) will start for the Cubs on Monday. Marquez last faced the Dodgers all the way back on June 30th when he allowed just two hits and one earned run in eight innings.

The Dodgers were given a scare when closer Kenley Jansen was pounded for home runs by Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story in the ninth with no outs.

The Rockies forced their way into that playoff for the NL West title by routing Washington 12-0 on Sunday.

The Rockies have had playoff success despite never winning their division.

Bellinger's blast was a back-breaker for German Marquez, as he started the fourth inning with a strikeout.

The Dodgers added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Buehler.

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