When the dust settled, Sunday’s end-of-season games wound up being, well… not the end of the season. While Mets fans watched in horror as Tom Glavine imploded – and thus placed a cherry on top of what will go down in history as one of the top three worst collapses in the history in MLB, the Colorado Rockies kept their white-hot pace going by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3, while the San Diego Padres lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 11-6. The Padres were in control of their destiny: beat the Brewers and they clinch the NL Wildcard.
Between the Rockies win and the Padres loss, a tiebreaker game will take place Monday at Coors Field in Denver for all the marbles: the winner advances, while the loser heads home with their season completed.
If the Rockies win it will only be the second trip to the postseason since Don Baylor guided the team to the NL Wild Card in 1995. To place matters in perspective for the Rox, they haven’t been above .500 since 2000 when they went 82-80.
For the Padres, a win would follow-up their back-to-back NL West wins with a third trip to the postseason in as many years.
So, the regular season is extended one more day; Game 163 for the Padres and Rockies. The game should be a beauty, with the Padres rolling out Jake Peavy (19-6) to face Colorado's Josh Fogg (10-9). The game will mark the first one-game regular season playoff since 1999 when the Mets blanked the Reds 5-0, and only the seventh tiebreaker game in MLB history.
The game also marks a new moment for MLB in terms of broadcasting. With a new television deal in place, TBS gets to test the waters two days earlier than they would have under the new deal by having the rights to cover any tiebreaker games.
Live coverage of the game from Coors Field begins at 5:37pm MT on TBS. Don Orsilla and Joe Simpson will call the game.
Tickets can be purchased online now, with the Coors Field box office opening at 7am Monday.
In preparation for the postseason, here’s the broadcast schedule for the NLDS, which starts Wednesday (check the entire 2007 Postseason Broadcast schedule on The Biz of Baseball):
National League Division Series schedule
|Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Wed., Oct. 3||Chase Field|| TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||Chase Field || TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||Wrigley Field|| TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||Wrigley Field|| TBS/TNT|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||Chase Field|| TBS|
|Wild Card winner vs. Philadelphia Phillies|
|Wed., Oct. 3|| Citizens Bank Park|| TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4|| Citizens Bank Park || TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6|| TBD || TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7|| TBD|| TBS\TNT|
|*Tue. Oct. 9|| Citizens Bank Park|| TBS|
|* If necessary. All times TBD.|