Series Preview: Brewers (63-59) vs. Rockies (67-54)

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Friday, August 18th 6:40pm: Matt Garza (6-6 4.38) vs. German Marquez (9-5 4.13)

The Rockies take on the Brewers for an important series for both teams. The Brewers are in a hunt for either the division title or a wild card spot while the Rockies are leading the wild card right now. After splitting the four game series with the Braves their last time out, the Rockies need to take two of three from the Brewers. They have to take this series to keep the Brewers at bay and guarantee their wild card spot. The pitching needs to be strong, but more importantly, the offense needs to find some consistency. The 17 run game was certainly an awesome one to watch, but outside of that, the Rockies have been struggling for two weeks.

Saturday, August 19th 6:10pm: Brandon Woodruff (1-1 1.50) vs. Chad Bettis (0-0 0.00)

After putting up a dominant performance for his first start of the season, Bettis will look to repeat that result in game two. Brandon Woodruff has made only two career starts, so this is a game that could go either way, as it always is with rookies. Because of the lack of solid scouting report, the Rockies’ hitters will have to be on their toes and keep a good game plan, making Woodruff throw strikes in volatile Coors Field. Giving Bettis some more run support would also be nice to give him his first win of 2017 and hopefully taking this series in a quick two games.

Sunday, August 20th 1:10pm: Chase Anderson (6-2 2.89) vs. Kyle Freeland (11-7 3.74)

Chase Anderson had been very good for the Brewers before being put on the DL at the end of June. He makes his first start since being activated and will likely look to repeat the results he had against the Rockies in the season opening series. Because Anderson used to pitch for the Dbacks, the Rockies have a lot of familiarity with him. Nolan Arenado has had the most success in his career against Anderson, but whether Arenado will play will remain to be seen, as he was removed on Thursday after taking a grounder to the wrist where he got hit. Arenado is a tough guy and likes to get out there, so expect to see him by this third game.

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