You know how there are a lot of places and teams that are just plain torture on the Rockies? You know, Chase Field, AT&T Park, Dodger Stadium, the Braves ... well, there is one team that feels that same way about the Rockies and Coors Field, and that's the Brewers.
Milwaukee has not won a series in Denver since August of 2005. It owns an 18-40 all-time record in Denver and is just 51-63 against the Rockies overall since 1993. Over the course of the 21 years that the Rockies have been in existence, only the Nationals/Expos franchise has fared worse against our purple-clad heroes than the Brewers. And no team in baseball -- except maybe the Astros, who are 29-50 in the Mile High City -- has fared worse at altitude than the Brew Crew.
One series isn't going to make Milwaukee's record against the Rockies look too much better, but the weekend set between the two teams beginning tonight represents a chance for the Brewers to right the ship. The Rockies will send out three starters -- Christian Bergman (who goes tonight), Christian Friedrich and Tyler Matzek -- who have pitched in four combined big league games since 2012. Considering the fact that none of those guys are otherworldly prospects by any stretch of the imagination, that poses a bit of a problem for Colorado, especially against a fairly high-powered Brewers lineup.
Milwaukee counters with Marco Estrada, who is even more homer-prone than recently benched and/or demoted Rockies pitchers Franklin Morales and Juan Nicasio, in the series opener tonight before going to Wily Peralta and Kyle Lohse to close out the series. If the Rockies want to keep up with their dominance over the Brewers at home, they'll have to perform a heck of a lot better offensively than they did in their last series. The good news is that the bar is set really low; Colorado scored only three runs in three games against the Dodgers in L.A. and, of course, was no-hit by Clayton Kershaw in the finale.
|MILWAUKEE BREWERS||COLORADO ROCKIES|
|Scooter Gennett - 2B||C. Blackmon - CF|
|Ryan Braun - RF||Corey Dickerson - LF|
|Jonathan Lucroy - C||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Carlos Gomez - CF||Justin Morneau - 1B|
|Aramis Ramirez - 3B||Wilin Rosario - C|
|Khris Davis - LF||Brandon Barnes - RF|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Josh Rutledge - 3B|
|Jean Segura - SS||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Marco Estrada - RHP||C. Bergman - RHP|