A one-game playoff in 1980 was no better for the Dodgers, who were beaten 7-1 by Houston for the NL West championship.
The losers of the games will face each other in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), to be hosted by the team from the Central.
Instead, the Brewers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 11-0 shutout win to complete their second-half comeback and perch atop the standings on the last day of the regular season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies need more than 162 games to decide a National League Central champion, and they'll play Game 163 for the division title on Monday at Dodgers Stadium. So they'll maintain expanded rosters and all the stats count, which could be a big deal with several statistical leaders in action Monday.
In 2007 Major League Baseball enlisted comedian Dane Cook to star in promotional ads for its Postseason with the tagline "there's only one October".
The Cubs won the NL wild card in 1998 by beating San Francisco 5-3 in a one-game playoff.
Blackmon, 32, is now batting.289/.356/.501 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 692 plate appearances. His career average is.248. The victor of this contest will play the Braves in the NLDS. But it's hard to deny that the Rockies have real motivation to win while the Nats have something less than that.
The Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers and Cubs knew that going into Sunday, the final scheduled day of the regular season, and then romped by a combined score of 48-5. Jim Deshaies set the modern record by striking out his first eight batters in a 1986 game, and Jacob deGrom matched the feat in 2014. The Brewers haven't announced their starter.