~~If you are a fan of teams that can score a lot of runs, then you'll enjoy this week's matchup between the Brewers and the Rockies. The Brewers, in the midst of a seven game homestand, are the dominant team right now in the National League. The Rockies, on the other hand, are struggling to keep up in the in the highly competitive NL West. The four game series beginning tonight between these two teams will be a pivotal series for both the Brewers and Rockies.
The Brewers have a good mindset going into this series against the Rockies. At this point, it's all about extending their division lead and leaving the Cardinals in the dust. The Rockies are just trying to survive. It's bad enough playing in the same division as the Giants and the Dodgers. Colorado's problem is simple: their starting pitching has been atrocious. The Brewers are a very well rounded team. So, you can imagine that the Brewers are the favorites every time they play the Rockies.
Colorado is still surviving for one reason: offensive power. They are #1 in the NL in batting average (.283), home runs (95), and runs scored (395) while the Brewers are second in all of those categories. We know what Troy Tulowitzki has done, leading the NL in batting average and tied for sixth in homers. We often forget what Charlie Blackmon has been able to do for them as well, batting .306 with 12 homers and 46 RBI's. The Brew Crew have a similar 1-2 punch in Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez. Except, it's been players like Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis who have carried Milwaukee to success in recent weeks.
One thing is for sure: this is going to be a high scoring series. In their three game series last week, the Brewers outscored the Rockies 28-19 at Coors Field, a hitter-friendly ballpark. These are two teams that are fun to watch, especially the Brewers since they are a better all around ball club. They have combined superb pitching and electrifying offense to form a team that looks like a World Series contender. The key in this series for the Brewers will be to control the Rockies high flying offense. That starts with their starting pitching. With that said, here are the scheduled matchups for this series:
Tonight: Christian Friedrich (0-1, 6.00 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (8-5, 3.02 ERA)
Friday: Tyler Matzek (1-2, 5.19 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (9-2, 3.20 ERA)
Saturday: Jhoulys Chacin (1-6, 4.84 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (4-5, 4.01 ERA)
Sunday: Jorge De La Rosa (7-6, 4.78 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (5-4, 3.23 ERA)
As you can see, the Brewers have a favorable pitching matchup in each and every game. But, I can imagine that the Rockies and Brewers will still score a lot of runs, so the bullpen for each team will have to be effective. The Brewers will be comfortable at Miller Park for the next four games, so Brewers fans like me are hoping that the Brew Crew pick up four more W's. Win or lose, this is going to be a fun series.
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