2018 National League Championship Series

The 2018 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Milwaukee Brewers against the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2018 World Series against the AL Champions, the Boston Red Sox.

The series was the 49th in league history, with Fox airing all games in the United States. This series was the first time two teams that won their division in a tiebreaker game faced each other in a playoff series, as well as the first postseason match-up between the Brewers and Dodgers. For the first time since 2012, the NLCS reached a game seven, with the Dodgers defeating the Brewers and winning back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977–1978.

For the second year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the ALCS, this NLCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.[1]

2018 National League Championship Series
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Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Los Angeles Dodgers (4) Dave Roberts 92–71 (.564), 1 GA
Milwaukee Brewers (3) Craig Counsell 96–67 (.589), 1 GA
DatesOctober 12–20
MVPCody Bellinger (Los Angeles)
UmpiresScott Barry (Games 1–2), Gerry Davis (crew chief), Greg Gibson (Games 3–7), Brian Gorman, Alan Porter, Hunter Wendelstedt, Jim Wolf
NLDS
Broadcast
TelevisionFS1
Fox (Game 2)
TV announcersJoe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Chris Singleton

Background

The Brewers won the National League Central division for the first time since 2011 in a tie-breaker game over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and then swept the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series. Dating back to the regular season, the Brewers had won 11 straight going into the NLCS. By virtue of their regular season record, highest in the league, the Brewers hold home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

This is the Brewers’ third League Championship Series and second in the National League, their prior NL appearance being a 2011 NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games. Milwaukee also appeared in and won the 1982 ALCS, occurring during their 29 year stay in the American League.

Like the Brewers, the Dodgers won the National League West in a tie-breaker game, defeating the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium for their sixth straight division title. The Dodgers then beat the Atlanta Braves in four games in the NLDS. This is the Dodgers’ third straight appearance in the NLCS, and their fourth appearance in the past six seasons. Overall, this is their 13th NLCS trip, tying the Cardinals for most appearances by a team.

This is the first ever playoff matchup between the Brewers and Dodgers. The two cities did meet with the pennant on the line in 1959 when the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves (now the Atlanta Braves) in a best-of-three playoff. However, MLB counts the tie-breaker series as regular season games.

This is also the first ever League Championship Series between two teams that won tiebreakers, and only the third postseason meeting of any sort between two MLB teams involved in tiebreakers. The first ever such meeting was the 2018 National League Wild Card Game in which the Rockies defeated the Cubs and the second was the NLDS in which the Brewers defeated the Rockies. The Dodgers became the first tiebreaker team since the 2007 Colorado Rockies to reach the World Series.

Los Angeles was 4–3 in their seven games against Milwaukee during this year's regular season.

Team statistics

For the 2018 regular season.[2]

Stat Los Angeles (MLB rank) Milwaukee (MLB rank) Type
Batting average .250 (14th) .252 (12th) Batting
OPS .774 (3rd) .747 (9th)
Home runs 235 (2nd) 218 (4th)
ERA 3.38 (2nd) 3.73 (5th) Pitching
Strikeouts 1,565 (3rd) 1,428 (9th)
BAA .230 (4th) .233 (5th)

Summary

Los Angeles won the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 12 Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, Milwaukee Brewers – 6 Miller Park 4:02 43,615[3] 
2 October 13 Los Angeles Dodgers – 4, Milwaukee Brewers – 3 Miller Park 3:31 43,905[4] 
3 October 15 Milwaukee Brewers – 4, Los Angeles Dodgers – 0 Dodger Stadium 3:25 52,793[5] 
4 October 16 Milwaukee Brewers – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2 (13) Dodger Stadium 5:15 53,764[6] 
5 October 17 Milwaukee Brewers – 2, Los Angeles Dodgers – 5 Dodger Stadium 3:35 54,502[7] 
6 October 19 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Milwaukee Brewers – 7 Miller Park 3:34 43,619[8] 
7 October 20 Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, Milwaukee Brewers – 1 Miller Park 3:15 44,097[9]

Game summaries

Game 1

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Miller Park hosted its first NLCS since 2011
Friday, October 12, 2018 7:10 pm (CDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 65 °F (18 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 8 4
Milwaukee 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 X 6 11 0
WP: Brandon Woodruff (1–0)   LP: Clayton Kershaw (0–1)   Sv: Corey Knebel (1)
Home runs:
LAD: Manny Machado (1)
MIL: Brandon Woodruff (1), Jesús Aguilar (1)
Attendance: 43,615
Boxscore

Brewers announcer and former MLB player Bob Uecker threw the ceremonial first pitch.[10] Clayton Kershaw started game one for the Dodgers, while Gio González started for the Brewers. The Dodgers scored first, on a homer by Manny Machado in the second inning, which was the only run and hit allowed by González who was replaced after only two innings. His replacement, relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff, homered off Kershaw to tie the game in the third inning. A sacrifice fly by Hernán Pérez scored Lorenzo Cain to put the Brewers up 2–1 after three. A two-run pinch-hit single by Domingo Santana in the fourth inning extended the lead to three and a single by Ryan Braun scored Santana to make it 5–1. Kershaw allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in a little over three innings, the shortest post-season outing of his career. Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers became the first catcher in post-season history to have two errors and two passed balls in the same game. The Brewers added on to their lead when Jesús Aguilar hit a homer off of Julio Urías in the seventh inning. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth inning against Joakim Soria and managed to score three runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Machado and Matt Kemp off of Jeremy Jeffress to narrow the gap to 6–4. Chris Taylor hit an RBI triple in the ninth off Corey Knebel, who managed to retire Justin Turner to save the 6–5 win for the Brewers.[11]

Brandon Woodruff became only the third relief pitcher in major league history to homer in a postseason game, matching the feat of Rosy Ryan (in Game 3 of the 1924 World Series) and Travis Wood (in Game 2 of the 2016 NLDS).[12]

Game 2

Justin Turner
Justin Turner's two-run homer gave Los Angeles the lead, and ultimately the win, in Game 2.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:10 pm (CDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 68 °F (20 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 9 0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 7 0
WP: Pedro Báez (1–0)   LP: Jeremy Jeffress (0–1)   Sv: Kenley Jansen (1)
Home runs:
LAD: Justin Turner (1)
MIL: Orlando Arcia (1), Travis Shaw (1)
Attendance: 43,905
Boxscore

Former Brewers All-Star player Prince Fielder threw the ceremonial first pitch.[13] Hyun-jin Ryu started the second game for the Dodgers and Wade Miley for the Brewers. The game remained scoreless into the fifth inning, when Orlando Arcia hit a homer to put the Brewers on the board. They scored a second run on an RBI groundout by Ryan Braun. Ryu was lifted after 4​13 innings, he allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Miley pitched 5​23 shutout innings with no walks and only two hits allowed. Travis Shaw homered off Alex Wood in the sixth inning to extend the lead to three. An RBI single by Cody Bellinger in the seventh inning off Corbin Burnes gave the Dodgers their first run of the game. A bases loaded walk by Jeremy Jeffress scored another run for the Dodgers. The Dodgers took the lead in the top of the eighth when Justin Turner hit a two-run home run off of Jeffress. This was Turner's second career go-ahead home run in the seventh inning or later in the postseason, joining Kirk Gibson as the only other Dodger to accomplish this feat multiple times. The Dodgers bullpen kept the Brewers from scoring and they won the game 4–3 to even up the series at one all. Kenley Jansen earned his second save of the postseason.[14] This was the Brewers first loss since September 22.[15]

Game 3

Jhoulys Chacín on July 10, 2016
Brewers' starter Jhoulys Chacín, seen here with the Angels in 2016, was the Game 3 winning pitcher.
Monday, October 15, 2018 4:40 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 81 °F (27 °C), sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 7 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Jhoulys Chacín (1–0)   LP: Walker Buehler (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: Orlando Arcia (2)
LAD: None
Attendance: 52,793
Boxscore

Former Dodgers All-Star player Andre Ethier threw the ceremonial first pitch.[16] The Dodgers' starting pitcher was Walker Buehler, while the Brewers started Jhoulys Chacín. The Brewers scored in the top of the first inning, when Christian Yelich walked and Ryan Braun drove him in with a double. The Brewers added a second run in the sixth inning when Travis Shaw tripled and then scored on a wild pitch by Buehler. Chacín pitched 5​13 innings, and allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in the seventh to put the Brewers up 4–0. Buehler pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the ninth against Jeremy Jeffress, but Brian Dozier struck out looking to end the game. The Brewers finished off a five-hit shutout of the Dodgers to take a two games to one lead. It was the first time the Dodgers had been shutout in a post-season game at home since Game 1 of the 1983 NLCS.[17]

Game 4

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Cody Bellinger had the game winning RBI single in the 13th inning in Game 4 to tie the NLCS at two games apiece.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:10 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 74 °F (23 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0
WP: Julio Urías (1–0)   LP: Junior Guerra (0–1)
Attendance: 53,764
Boxscore

For Game 4, former Dodger All-Star Shawn Green threw the ceremonial first pitch.[18] The Brewers started Gio González on short rest, after his Game 1 start. The Dodgers countered with Rich Hill, making his first appearance of the series. The Dodgers took an early lead on a RBI single by Brian Dozier in the bottom of the first inning. González left the game in the second inning after injuring his ankle fielding a grounder from the first batter of the inning.[19] He allowed one run on two hits and one walk. Domingo Santana tied the game up, driving Orlando Arcia in with a pinch-hit double in the fifth inning. Hill pitched five innings, with the one run allowed on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. There was no further scoring through the end of regulation. In the 10th inning, benches briefly emptied after Manny Machado had contact with Milwaukee first baseman Jesús Aguilar on a ground out.[20] In the bottom of the 13th, Machado singled with one out, and advanced to second on a wild pitch with two outs. Cody Bellinger hit a walk-off single to score Machado. Junior Guerra picked up the loss in his fourth inning of relief for Milwaukee, while Julio Urías, who had pitched the top of the 13th for Los Angeles, got the win. The game lasted five hours and fifteen minutes, making it the second longest NLCS game; Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS had lasted five hours and forty-six minutes.[21]

Game 5

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In Game 5, Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run in seven innings pitched, getting the win as the Dodgers went ahead in the series, 3–2.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:06 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 82 °F (28 °C), sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 X 5 9 0
WP: Clayton Kershaw (1–1)   LP: Brandon Woodruff (1–1)   Sv: Kenley Jansen (2)
Attendance: 54,502
Boxscore

With the Dodgers in danger of going down 3-2, this game featured the second starts of the series for Clayton Kershaw and for the Brewers Wade Miley, the latter of whom was pitching on short rest. Miley (who throws left-handed) walked the first batter he faced and was immediately removed by Brewers manager Craig Counsell in favor of Brandon Woodruff (who throws right-handed).[22] The Brewers got on the board first in the third inning with an RBI double by Lorenzo Cain. Austin Barnes drove in Chris Taylor with a single in the fifth inning to tie the score. A single by Max Muncy drove in the go-ahead run (Justin Turner) in the sixth inning. A pinch-hit single by Yasiel Puig added another run to put the Dodgers up by two after six innings. Woodruff wound up pitching 5​13 innings, and allowed the three runs on five hits, one walk and two hit batters while striking out eight. In the seventh inning, the Dodgers added two more runs. Turner drove in a run with a single off Joakim Soria and another run scored on a ground out by pinch hitter Brian Dozier. Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine. He also walked twice as a batter, becoming just the third pitcher in the last 20 years to do so in a post-season game (Jon Lester in the 2016 NLCS and Derek Lowe in the 2008 NLDS).[23] Pinch hitter Curtis Granderson doubled in a run off Ryan Madson in the ninth inning to cut the score to 5–2. Kenley Jansen came in and struck out Mike Moustakas to end the game.[24]

Game 6

Corey Knebel in 2017
Milwaukee reliever Corey Knebel pitched ​1 23 innings without allowing a hit and got the Game 6 win.
Friday, October 19, 2018 7:39 pm (CDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 66 °F (19 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Milwaukee 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 7 11 0
WP: Corey Knebel (1–0)   LP: Hyun-jin Ryu (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: David Freese (1)
MIL: None
Attendance: 43,619
Boxscore

The sixth game in the series featured a rematch between Game 2 starters Hyun-jin Ryu and Wade Miley. Following his abbreviated start in Game 5, when he faced a single batter, Miley became the first pitcher in 88 years to start back-to-back games in the postseason. The last pitcher to do so was George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series. Miley also was just the sixth pitcher to start three games in a league championship series.[25] Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball and former Brewers owner Bud Selig threw the ceremonial first pitch.[26] David Freese, batting leadoff for the first time in the series, opened the game with a home run off of Miley to give the Dodgers the lead. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Jesús Aguilar and Mike Moustakas and a RBI single by Erik Kratz scored four runs for the Brewers in the bottom of the inning. A double by Ryan Braun added another run in the second. Ryu was removed after three innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks with only three strikeouts. Freese drove in a second run for the Dodgers in the fifth inning with a double. Miley allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4​13 innings. A wild pitch by Kenta Maeda in the seventh inning scored another run and a single by Aguilar off Rich Hill in the eighth put the Brewers up 7–2, which wound up being the final score, setting up a game seven.[27]

Game 7

20170718 Dodgers-WhiteSox Yasiel Puig in the field
Yasiel Puig's three-run homer in the sixth inning were the final runs in a 5–1 Dodgers victory.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 7:10 pm (CDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 64 °F (18 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 10 0
Milwaukee 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Ryan Madson (1–0)   LP: Jhoulys Chacín (1–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Cody Bellinger (1), Yasiel Puig (1)
MIL: Christian Yelich (1)
Attendance: 44,097
Boxscore

For the first time since 2012, when the Giants defeated the Cardinals,[28] and the tenth time in NLCS history, the NLCS went to a game 7. With this NLCS the Dodgers tied for the fourth most game sevens in history with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.[29] The starting pitchers—Walker Buehler for Los Angeles and Jhoulys Chacín for Milwaukee—were the same as Game 3, won by the Brewers. Hall of Fame inductee and former Brewer Robin Yount threw the ceremonial first pitch.[30] Christian Yelich homered off Buehler in the first inning to give the Brewers the early lead and then Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the second to put the Dodgers on top. Chacín only pitched the first two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk. Buehler pitched 4​23 innings, allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts. Chris Taylor made a run saving catch in the bottom of the fifth off the bat of Yelich and then Yasiel Puig hit a three run home run off Jeremy Jeffress in the sixth to extend the lead. The Dodgers would go on to win 5–1 as Clayton Kershaw retired Shaw, Aguilar and Moustakas to claim their second straight National League title, forty years after they accomplished the feat in 1977 and 1978. The Dodgers were the first team to clinch a pennant on the road in a game seven since the 2006 Cardinals.[31] This was also Los Angeles first playoff series win where they did not win Game 1 since the 1988 NLCS.

Cody Bellinger was named the NLCS MVP, becoming the youngest to win the award.

Composite line score

2018 NLCS (4–3): Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee Brewers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 3 0 0 2 5 4 5 1 0 0 0 1 23 53 5
Milwaukee Brewers 6 1 3 3 3 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 24 56 2
Total attendance: 336,295   Average attendance: 48,042

See also

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Fox Sports 1

Fox Sports 1 (FS1) is an American pay television channel that is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a unit of Fox Corporation. FS1 replaced the motorsports network Speed on August 17, 2013, at the same time that its companion channel Fox Sports 2 replaced Fuel TV. Both FS1 and FS2 absorbed most of the sports programming from its predecessors, as well as content from Fox Soccer, which was replaced by the entertainment-based channel FXX on September 2, 2013.

FS1 airs an array of live sporting events, including Major League Baseball, college sports (most notably Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 football, and Big East basketball), soccer matches (including Major League Soccer, Liga MX, Bundesliga, and Copa Libertadores), United States Golf Association championship events, UFC mixed martial arts, and a variety of motorsports events such as NASCAR, IMSA, Formula E, ARCA, and the NHRA. FS1 also features daily sports news, analysis and discussion programming as well as sports-related reality and documentary programs.

The network is based primarily from the Fox Sports division's headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California, though the network also has significant broadcast operations in New York City, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina (the latter of which had served as Speed's home base). As of January 2016, Fox Sports 1 is available to approximately 84,486,000 pay television households (72.583% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.

Game seven

A game seven is the final game of a best of seven series. This game can occur in the postseasons for Major League Baseball (MLB) (League Championship Series and World Series), the National Basketball Association (NBA) (all rounds of the NBA playoffs), and the National Hockey League (NHL) (all rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs).

The game is generally played at the site of the team holding the home advantage across the series.

The nature of a best-of-seven series requires that the series be tied 3–3 going into game seven, such that either team can take the series (advancing further in the playoffs or winning the championship) by winning the game. Because of this decisive nature, game sevens add an element of drama to their sports.

Aside from North American sports leagues, game sevens are also a fixture in many other sports around the world, mostly in baseball, basketball, and ice hockey leagues. Most codes of football do not employ a best-of-seven series (or any best-of-x series in general), hence game sevens are not played in those leagues.

Some playoff rounds (such as MLB's current Division Series) are played in a best of five format, such that game 5 has similar qualities to those described above, though the suspense and drama have less time to build in a shorter series. Furthermore, the World Series of 1903, 1919, 1920, and 1921 were played in a best of nine format, though none of the four went to a decisive game 9.

The game seven is comparable to a final or to a single game in a single-elimination tournament or to a one-game playoff. A championship series' game seven is equivalent to the Super Bowl game in the National Football League in that the game's winner is the league's champion for the season.

George Webb Restaurants

George Webb Corporation is an American chain of 31 lunch counter-style restaurants in the state of Wisconsin. After starting as a single lunch counter operation, George Webb Restaurants evolved into a chain of full-service family establishments serving made-to-order breakfasts, hamburgers and other sandwiches, soups, chili, and premium blend coffee.

List of Major League Baseball awards

Major League Baseball presents a variety of annual awards and trophies to recognize both its teams and its players. Three team trophies are awarded annually: one each to the National League and American League champions, and one of the champion of the World Series. Additionally, various organizations—such as the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and select corporate sponsors—present awards for such accomplishments as excellence in batting, pitching performance, fielding prowess, and community service.The Most Valuable Player Award, commonly known as the "MVP", is the oldest individual award, given in its current format since 1931. MVP awards are also presented for performances in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the League Championship Series, and the World Series. Offensive awards include the Silver Slugger Award and the Hank Aaron Award, while the Cy Young Award and Rolaids Relief Man Award recognize pitching; the Rawlings Gold Glove Award is given for fielding. The DHL Delivery Man and Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Awards are the newest awards, both established in 2005. Additionally, the Commissioner, at his discretion, can present an Historic Achievement Award for any great contribution to the sport that he deems worthy.

List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason

Relatively few Major League Baseball pitchers have hit home runs in the postseason. Through the 2018 World Series, only 24 home runs have been hit, by 22 different pitchers.

Major League Baseball on television

The following is a detailed description of the various television networks (both broadcast and cable), rights fees, and announcers who have called Major League Baseball games throughout the years (from the late 1930s through the present).

Marlins Man

Laurence Leavy (born October 13, 1956), better known as Marlins Man, is an American sports fan and lawyer from North Miami Beach, Florida. He gained fame in 2012 for his frequent appearances at major sporting events while wearing orange Miami Marlins apparel. His seating placement in view of broadcast cameras has drawn attention at the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Kentucky Derby, College World Series, and other events. Leavy has been described by USA Today as a "ubiquitous superfan".

Opener (baseball)

In baseball, an opening pitcher, more frequently referred to as an opener, is a pitcher who specializes in getting the first outs in a game, before being replaced by a long reliever or a pitcher who would typically be a starting pitcher. Pitchers employed in the role of opener have usually been relief pitchers by trade. The strategy was frequently employed in Major League Baseball by the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2018 season, when it was adopted by other teams as well.

÷ Tour

The ÷ Tour (pronounced "Divide Tour") is the third world concert tour by English singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran, in support of his third studio album, ÷ (pronounced "divide"). It officially began on 16 March 2017, in Turin, Italy and is set to end on 26 August 2019, in Ipswich, England. Ticket sales started on 2 February 2017.

The tour is currently the second highest grossing concert tour of all-time, as well as the highest grossing solo artist tour of all-time.

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