Previewing Game 163 for the NL West Title

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The Los Angeles Dodgers entered game 163 for all the division marbles versus the Colorado Rockies.

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. The victor of today's game will host the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS starting on Thursday.

With the 24-year-old Buehler dominant at the mound, the Dodgers took control when Bellinger smashed a 95-mph fastball from German Marquez into right center-field for a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. The loser of the NL West tiebreaker will face the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game.

Get ready for this post season roller coaster with this special hype video from our friends at LA Dodgers HQ! It is not yet known who the Rockies will start. The first two came off Erick Fedde, who lasted only four innings and threw 64 pitches before he was pulled.

The Colorado Rockies can still win their first ever National League West title.

A one-game playoff in 1980 was no better for the Dodgers, who were beaten 7-1 by Houston for the NL West championship.

Marquez comes into the game 2-0 against the Dodgers this year. The Rockies have scored all their runs via three homers: a two-run shot by Nolan Arenado in the first, a two-run shot by Charlie Blackmon in the third and a three-run shot by David Dahl in the fifth. They had ace Max Scherzer slated to start the final game of the season at Colorado. Buehler has held the Rockies hitless through five. 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. Although it's not a win or go home scenario for either team, the victor will have home-field advantage in the divisional series and the loser will have to turn around and play Tuesday in the wild-card matchup.

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