Colorado Rockies (66-96) at Milwaukee Brewers (82-80)
|Date & Time||Monday April 6, 2015, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -155 / Colorado Rockies +145 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-Milwaukee, Root-Rocky Mountain
The Milwaukee Brewers open the season with the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on Monday.
The Colorado Rockies have long been known for their potential at the plate then on the mound although 2014 was something of a throw away year given the amount of injuries. The Rockies suffered through their 4th straight losing season at 66-96 and were really a non factor at the plate and on the mound. The biggest names with a bat in their hands are Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau and Carlos Gonzalez but the question on the tips of the tongue’s of most fans is can Tulo come close to playing 162 games. Jorge De La Hoya remains the staff ace but in reality this team needs pitching and a lot of it so the team will be looking for newcomers Tyler Matzek and Kyle Kendrick to give the team innings. Kendrick will be on the bump for the opener after posting a 10-13 record with a 4.61 ERA for Philadelphia last year.
The Milwaukee Brewers were the best team in the game to begin 2014 on a 20-7 run but things got away from them as the season came to a close with an 11-25 record that erased what had been a season of promise. Star Ryan Braun had some problems with his thumb which every hitter knows is essential to swinging the bat and a healthy Braun means a dangerous offense at Miller Park especially with Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy continuing to perform well (and if the rest of the lineup also remains 100% which wasn’t always the case a year ago). All in all the Brew Crew will score runs when healthy. Left hander Kyle Lohse remains the staff ace followed by Wily Peralta with Matt Garza plugged in as the #3 while the team is hoping Mike Fiers can be a factor for a full season. Veeteran Kyle Lohse looks to begin the season strong after going 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014.
Colorado are 2-12 in their last 14 Monday games and are 9-43 in their last 52 road games. For the Brewers under is 14-3 in Milwaukee's last 17 overall and is 14-3 in Brewers last 17 on grass while going 6-2 in Milwaukee last 8 Monday games. Head to head the over is 15-4-2 in the last 21 meetings.
The first game of the season and I’ll back the Brewers who should be the better team and hopefully show it despite the high juice…