Update (6:16 PM ET): The Dodgers went on to beat the Giants 15-0. The Rockies blanked the Nationals by a 12-0 margin, thanks in part to Charlie Blackmon hitting for the cycle. There will indeed be a tiebreaker tomorrow.
The Dodgers and Rockies both entered Sunday, the final day of the regular season, tied for the NL West lead at 90-71. If both teams win on Sunday, they will play a tiebreaker on Monday at Dodger Stadium. It’s looking like that will become a reality.
As I am writing this, the Dodgers are up 14-0 over the Giants. Andrew Suarez was torched for six runs over 2 1/3 innings and the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding. Matt Kemp has three hits and three RBI, Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer, and Max Muncy has also homered. Rich Hill got the start for the Dodgers and has pitched well, limiting the Giants to two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over four innings.
In Colorado, the Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Nolan Arenado hhomer in the bottom of the first inning. Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run dinger in the third and David Dahl made it 7-0 with a three-run shot in the fifth. Tyler Anderson has held the Nationals to three hits and two walks with a strikeout over five shutout frames.
The Cubs and Brewers also entered Sunday tied for the NL Central title at 94-67. If those two teams have to play a tiebreaker, it would be held in Chicago on Monday as well. The winner of the NL Central tiebreaker would host the winner of the NL Wild Card game. The winner of the NL West tiebreaker would face the Braves. The losers of both tiebreakers would face each other in the Wild Card game.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.