NLDS Kicks Off with Brewers hosting the Rockies
The 2018 NLDS kicks off the REAL start of the MLB Playoffs Thursday afternoon. The much-travelled Colorado Rockies land in Milwaukee to play the Brewers.
TV: 5:07 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.38 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Brandon Woodruff (3-0, 3.61 ERS)
ODDS: Milwaukee is a -160-moneyline favorite. The total is 8.5 Under -115.
Colorado will play in their fourth city in five days when they open the best-of-five National League Division Series against Milwaukee on Thursday. The Rockies reached the NLDS by outlasting the Chicago Cubs. It was a 13 inning classic wild-card game.
The red-hot Brewers are the NL Central champions. Milwaukee went 5-2 against the Rockies in the regular season.
Rockies Going With Hot Pitcher in 2018 NLDS
Senzatela finished strong by going 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA during his final three starts. The 23-year-old made 13 starts and 10 relief appearances this season. He limited opposing hitters to a .220 average on the road compared to .316 at home.
Sentazela’s lone appearance against the Brewers came in his major league debut April 6, 2017. He gave up two hits in five scoreless innings while receiving a no-decision.
Colorado finished the regular season at home Sunday. They lost at the Los Angeles Dodgers in a division tiebreaker Monday. Then posted the epic 2-1 victory in Chicago on Tuesday. The team finally arrived in Milwaukee via bus at 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Brewers Will Use “Johnny Wholestaff” in Game 1
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell indicated at Wednesday’s press conference that he will go with an “opener” and make Game 1 a bullpen game. Counsell declined to say who will start the game or would be used.
The Skipper said the focus is on how “to share the 27 outs,” before indicating he will use a traditional approach in Game 2.
“We’re going to use guys that haven’t kind of been our starters this last couple weeks,” said Counsell of the Game 1 plan, “so we’re going to use a bunch of different guys and still deciding on exactly the order of that scenario.”
He has settled on Brandon Woodruff to start. Woodruff was a late Semptember callup and has pitched well. He has started and pitched in relief. He has been up and down from the minors all season. Woodruff appeared in 19 games. He won three of his 4 starts.
Christian Yelich batted .370 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs since the first of September. He finished the regular season with a NL-best .326 average along with 36 homers and 110 RBIs. He barely missed the Triple Crown.
Milwaukee won the NL Central in a tiebreaker Monday in Chicago. They have won eight straight games and 23 of its last 30 games. The Brewers overcame a five-game September deficit
PREDICTION: Brewers 7, Rockies 6
|Team||record||money||vs LHP||vs RHP||Fave||Dog||O/U||Diff|
|event date||Opponent||Result||score||OU Result||ip||money|
|Sep 27, 2018||PHI||W||5-3||U||4.2||$54.00|
|Sp 22, 2018||ARI||W||5-1||U||7||$155.00|
|Sep 16, 2018||SF||W||3-2||U||5||$81.00|
|Colorado’s relievers have pitched 11 innings in the last 3 games.|
|Milwaukee’s relievers have pitched 13.1 innings in the last 3 games.|
Colorado Rockies – Antonio Senzatela
|Apr 6, 2017||2-1||COL||5||2||0||0||3||6||No Decision|
|No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.|
|Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense||4.77||7||4.04||8|
|Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense||4.06||21||3.98||7|
|Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense||4.63||12||4.55||20|
|Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense||4.74||10||4.12||11|
Head To Head Detail
|Date||Away||away score||Home||home score||line||O/U||Away Pitcher||Home Pitcher||Away Hits||Home Hits||Away Walks||Home Walks||Away Strikeouts||Home Strikeouts|
|Aug 5, 2018||COL||5||MIL||4||-108||9||P||Jon Gray (R)||Wade Miley (L)||7||9||7||2||13||11|
|Ast 4, 2018||COL||4||MIL||8||-144||8.5||O||Tyler Anderson (L)||Freddy Peralta (R)||7||10||3||4||10||7|
|Aug 3, 2018||COL||3||MIL||5||-127||8.5||U||German Marquez (R)||Junior Guerra (R)||6||4||2||4||7||10|
|My 13, 2018||MIL||7||COL||3||-153||10.5||U||Freddy Peralta (R)||Jon Gray (R)||13||6||2||3||15||15|
|May 12, 2018||MIL||0||COL||4||-120||11||U||Brent Suter (L)||Kyle Freeland (L)||5||9||4||2||10||5|
|My 11, 2018||MIL||11||COL||10||-111||11.5||O||Brandon Woodruff (R)||Chad Bettis (R)||17||16||6||4||7||8|
|May 10, 2018||MIL||5||COL||2||-140||11.5||U||Jhoulys Chacin (R)||German Marquez (R)||12||5||5||4||6||11|
|Agst 20, 2017||MIL||8||COL||4||-120||12.5||U||Chase Anderson (R)||Kyle Freeland (L)||12||8||6||7||9||8|
|Agst 19, 2017||MIL||6||COL||3||-132||12.5||U||Brandon Woodruff (R)||Chad Bettis (R)||10||11||3||4||8||8|
|Aug 18, 2017||MIL||4||COL||8||-173||13||U||Matt Garza (R)||German Marquez (R)||9||9||2||5||11||5|
2018 NLDS Betting Odds and Trends
|Rockies are 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Colorado is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games|
|Rockies are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Colorado’s last 16 games on the road|
|Colorado is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee|
|Colorado is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Colorado’s last 12 games when playing Milwaukee|
|Colorado is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee’s last 8 games|
|Brewers are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|Milwaukee is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Colorado|
|Brewers are 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Colorado|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee’s last 12 games when playing Colorado|
|Milwaukee is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Colorado|
|record||Home||Away||Fave||Dog||O/U||vs LHP||vs RHP|
|record||Home||Away||Fave||Dog||O/U||vs LHP||vs RHP|
|Oct 2, 2018||CHC||2-1||W||130||7.5||Kyle Freeland||6.2||J Lester||A|
|Oct 1, 2018||LA||2-5||L||155||7||German Marquez||4.2||Walker Buehler||A|
|Sep 30, 2018||WSH||12-0||W||-190||11||Tyler Anderson||7.2||Erick Fedde||H|
|Sp 29, 2018||WSH||2-12||L||-105||9.5||Jon Gray||2||S Strasburg||H|
|Sep 28, 2018||WSH||5-2||W||-200||10.5||Kyle Freeland||6||Joe Ross||H|
|Oct 1, 2018||CHC||3-1||W||110||8||J Chacin||5.2||J Quintana||A|
|Sep 30, 2018||DET||11-0||W||-275||9||G Gonzalez||5||Spencer Turnbull||H|
|Sp 29, 2018||DET||6-5||W||-250||8.5||W Miley||3||D Norris||H|
|Sep 28, 2018||DET||6-5||W||-255||8||Zach Davies||4||J Zimmermann||H|
|Sp 26, 2018||STL||2-1||W||-110||8.5||J Chacin||5||John Gant||A|
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