The victor advances to the National League Division Series, while the loser plays in the National League Wild Card Game against the loser from the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers National League Central tiebreaker game earlier Monday. The Cubs and Brewers also need to break a tie for the NL Central.
For the Dodgers, these not-quite-postseason games have been fraught with peril.
The Rockies will travel to Chavez Ravine after losing the head-to-head season series to the Dodgers (7-12) with first pitch scheduled for 2:09pm MST.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to take part in October baseball, extending the team's MLB-leading streak.
One game for all the marbles.
The Rockies entered Game 163 with a chance to change that, but they came up short. They have now won the West in each of the last six seasons. That game went 13 innings, with Colorado prevailing 9-8 when Matt Holliday may or may not have touched the plate when he was credited with the winning run. The Cubs will host either Colorado or Los Angeles in a wild-card playoff game Tuesday.
The Cubs led St. Louis late in their game. He finished the season with a.247 batting average - the same figure he had in each of the previous three years.
If the Dodgers win, they'll get two days off before they face the National League East champion Atlanta Braves in a best-of-five NL Divisional Series that will start Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Buehler has never pitched in a playoff game so this is as close as it can get without technically being a playoff game.