Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesMelisa Reidy-Russell ,
the ex-wife of Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, will speak to Major
League Baseball investigators regarding domestic violence allegations she made
against him.Per's Jesse Rogers,Reidy-Russell explained why she is ready
to speak now after not wanting to speak with MLB about the allegations in
2017."Last year, when MLB contacted me, I wasn't ready," Reidy-Russell said. "I
didn't know what was the right thing to do. I didn't even believe in myself
enough to think I should do that (cooperate). I just left my husband and all
this blew up."When the allegations against Russellfirst came to light through a
friendofReidy-Russell's on Instagram in June 2017, she declinedto speak with MLB
investigatorsthrough a statement from her lawyers."It is her desire to pursue a
resolution that is, first and foremost, in the best interest of the parties'
son, and which occurs in a swift ,
amicable and private fashion," thestatementissued byBeermann Pritikin Mirabelli
Swerdlove LLP on Reidy-Russell's behalf said.Reidy-Russell told Rogers her
lawyers didn't think she was emotionally prepared to discuss the situation and
wanted her to wait until she was ready."They told me I didn't have to do it on
their timeline," she said. "I told them I wanted to wait until after my
divorce."Reidy-Russell accused Russell of multiple instances of emotional and
physical abuse in a post thatpublished on her websiteon Sept. 21.MLB placed
Russell on administrative leave as it continues to investigate the matter. Per
The Athletic'sKen Rosenthal, the league extended the former All-Star's leave
through the end of the regular season on Sunday. Jon Durr/Getty ImagesThe
National League needs an extra day to decide its playoff bracket as the Central
and West divisions ended in ties after the end of regular-season play on
Sunday.Here's a look at the tiebreaker schedule for Monday, in addition to the
four potential playoff brackets based off the scenarios that could unfold
Tuesday. You'll also find some analysis for each of them. NL Central
TiebreakerMatchup: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago CubsDay, Time and TV: Monday,
1:09 p.m. ET on ESPNProbables:TBD (for Milwaukee) vs. Chicago Cubs LHP Jose
Quintana NL West TiebreakerMatchup:Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles DodgersDay,
Time and TV:Monday, 4:09 p.m. ET on ESPNProbables:Colorado Rockies RHP German
Marquez vs. Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler If Brewers and Rockies WinNL
Wild Card Game:Dodgers at Cubs, Tuesday Jason
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, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNNLDS:No. 1 Brewers vs.No. 4 Cubs or
No. 5 DodgersNLDS:No. 2 Rockies vs.No. 3 BravesThis would be something. The two
teams many thought would be fighting for the National League pennant end up
playing a one-game playoff just to decide who the National League's No. 4 seed
will be.The Chicago Cubs may have the advantage in that game: They have the
National League's best home record at 51-30 and won't have to face Los Angeles
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who already pitched Saturday and is in line to
start Game 1 of the NLDS should his team get that far.Meanwhile, the upstart
Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies would be in the driver's seats for NLCS
berths by virtue of winning the tiebreaker games. The Atlanta Braves can sit
still knowing that they are the No. 3 seed, although they won't know whether
they are heading for Colorado or L.A until Monday.If Brewers and Dodgers WinNL
Wild Card Game:Rockies at Cubs,Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNNLDS:No. 1 Brewers vs.No.
4 Cubs or No. 5 RockiesNLDS: No. 2 Dodgers vs.No. 3 BravesThe Dodgers look like
a significant mismatch for the Braves on paper. In addition to the home-field
edge, the Dodgers would hold advantages over the Braves throughout the batting
lineup and pitching staff. It also helps that L.A. has a good amount of
postseason experience this decade, while the Braves are an up-and-coming team
tasting postseason success for the first time.Meanwhile ,
a Brewers-Cubs or Brewers-Rockies matchup could be a lot of fun. All three teams
can mash, which may lead to a high-scoring series athitter's parks, where home
runs fly more than average.The Brewers-Cubs battle could also be noteworthy
because two strong MVP candidates (Cubs infielder Javier Baez and Brewers
outfielder Christian Yelich) will be going head-to-head. The MVP is solely based
on regular-season play, but it would be interesting to see what those two do for
encores after fantastic 2018 seasons. If Cubs and Rockies WinNL Wild Card
Game:Dodgers at Brewers,Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNNLDS:No. 1 Cubs vs. No. 4
Brewers or No. 5 DodgersNLDS:No. 2 Rockies vs.No. 3 BravesMuch like 2016, the
Cubs would be in the National League playoff driver's seat with home-field
advantage throughout the playoffs. Wrigley Field becomes a tightly packed zoo
during the postseason, creating arguably the wildest October atmosphere in the
bigs.It's not impossible for teams to win there, as the Cubs did lose three home
playoff games en route to their 2016 World Series championship. But the Cubs may
have a more significant home-field advantage than any other NL team Ben
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, and that's a strong edge as Chicago looks for its
second NL pennant in three years.The Colorado Rockies would enjoy being the No.
2 seed, as they would have home-field advantage in the NLDS and the same in the
NLCS if the Cubs lose to the Brewers or Dodgers in this scenario.Coors Field is
one of the game's most notorious hitter's parks, and numerous Rockies power
hitters (e.g. David Dahl, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Carlos
Gonzalez) can take advantage. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Colorado simply
slug its way to the pennant.If Cubs and Dodgers WinNL Wild Card Game: Rockies at
Brewers,Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNNLDS:No. 1 Cubs vs. No. 4Brewers or No. 5
RockiesNLDS:No. 2 Dodgers vs.No. 3 BravesThis scenario puts the presumptive NL
favorites in the top two seeds. They met in the NLCS each of the past two
years ,
with the Cubs winning 4-2 in 2016 and the Dodgers taking the series in five in
2017.A rubber match between the two teams would be a little different this time.
For one, the Dodgers added shortstop Manny Machado, second baseman Brian Dozier
and infielder Max Muncy, who combined for 92 home runs this year. Machado and
Dozier came over in midseason trades, while Muncy was a pleasant surprise after
spending his 2017 season in the minors.The Cubs now have southpaw Cole Hamels,
and Baez has developed into one of the game's best players. Chicago also has
Daniel Murphy, one of the best pure hitters in the game when he's on.
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