Colorado Rockies (92-72) at Milwaukee Brewers (96-67)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 4, 2018, 5:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -163 / Colorado Rockies +148 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers will meet up for Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series at Miler Park on Thursday.
The Rockies are coming off an intense Wild Card matchup against the Chicago Cubs. In that one, we had a 13-inning marathon as Colorado finally broke a 1-1 tie and eked out a 2-1 victory to move on to the Divisional Round.
For Thursday’s Game 1, Colorado will be sending out RHP Antonio Senzatela. Across his 90.1 innings and 6-6 record this year, Senzatela put up a 4.38 ERA with 69 Ks.
Leading the Rockies’ offensive attack this year is Charlie Blackmon, who finished with 182 hits, 119 runs, 29 homers and 70 RBI. Blackmon managed a hit and a run in the Wild Card game.
Over on the Brewers’ side, they completed an epic comeback in the NL Central division standings, catching the Cubs and forcing a one-game playoff on Monday. Milwaukee took that extra matchup 3-1 to take the title and earn home-field advantage here.
Thursday is going to be a reliever/opener day for the Brewers, as they used Jhoulys Chacin and Gio Gonzalez early this week. Brandon Woodruff will be taking the mound for Milwaukee to open things up.
Tops in hitting for the Brewers is Christian Yelich, who finished the year on 187 hits, 118 runs, 36 homers and 110 RBI. Lorenzo Cain also had a nice year on 166 hits, 90 runs, 10 homers and 38 RBI.
The Rockies are 10-2 in their last 12 overall and 4-1 in their last five road games. Colorado is 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 7-2 in their last nine following a win.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 5-0 in their last five versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 in the last five Divisional Round home games. Milwaukee is 20-6 in their last 26 overall and 25-10 in their last 35 against the NL West.
This series looks like it’s going to be an excellent matchup. Both teams come into the postseason red-hot, but neither has necessarily had a lot of postseason success lately. (The Rockies are 2-8 in their last 10 playoff games; Milwaukee is 1-4 in their last five.)
The Brewers have shown some moxie over the last month or so, and they’re a trendy bandwagon pick right now. Colorado may give them some trouble at Coors, but for the opener here I have to go Milwaukee.