How to Watch Brewers vs. Rockies Online: NLDS Preview

October 4, 2018

It’s the battle of Miller vs. Coors! Drink up.

It took a wild 13-inning affair in Chicago on Tuesday, but here are the Rockies in the NLDS after their Wild Card game win over the Cubs, 2-1. The Rockies come into this series as one of the hottest teams in baseball, going 19-9 in September and winners of nine of 10 before their loss Monday to the Dodgers. This team is confident coming into this playoff matchup.

Nobody on the planet could have guessed that the overall top seed in the National League this October would be the Milwaukee Brewers. Even saying it now sounds crazy, but here we are. Thanks to a win in the tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field on Monday, the Brewers are NL Central champions at 96-57. They come into this series scorching hot, winning eight straight and 10 of their last 11.

How to Watch NLDS
Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Watch the series here on fuboTV

Game 1 @ MIL: Thursday 10/4 - 5:07 p.m. ET
Game 2 @ MIL: Friday 10/5 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Game 3 @ COL:  Sunday 10/7 - 4:37 p.m. ET
Game 4 @ COL: TBD (if necessary)
Game 5 @ MIL:  TBD (if necessary)

The Rockies badly needed the day off Wednesday, but have to get right back to work Thursday for Game 1. It was their first day off since Sept. 20. They have had a brutal travel schedule with having to play extra games on both Monday and Tuesday. They went from Denver to Los Angeles Sunday night; then Los Angeles to Chicago Monday night; then Chicago to Milwaukee early Wednesday. They also had to use a bunch of arms to get through that marathon game in Chicago where they finally prevailed thanks to the most unlikely of heroes, Tony Wolters.

As it seems every year, the Rockies are much better at home at Coors Field than they are on the road. They hit .287 as a team with 119 homers at home, and .225 with 91 homers on the road. 81 games for each is a pretty big sample size. This team badly needs their bats to come alive in Milwaukee if they want any chance of beating the cream of the crop in the National League. The other major problem for the Rockies is that they only get to throw their ace Kyle Freeland in Game 3. There’s a good chance they don’t get a second start out of him in Game 5. German Marquez has been good too, but he is only going to pitch in Game 4. The timing just did not work out well with the extra games and could end up being a huge hit to the Rockies pitching staff in this short series.

The Brewers come into this series, a bit more rested. They haven’t played since Monday and they didn’t have to go extra innings and use a ton of pitchers. They haven’t had to do the crazy travel and they had a day off a week ago too, so they are all a bit more fresh. This Brewers team was built for October. They have a mix of power, veterans, and a dominant bullpen. Great bullpens are the recipe for success for deep runs in the postseason. Corey Knebel has been lights out since coming off the DL, and Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress have been terrific all season. The Brewers main concern will be their starting staff, which is average at best, but they will rely heavily on their relievers to come into games early and try and shut the door.

Oh yeah, they also have the guy that has a good chance to win the NL MVP in Christian Yelich. He’s been tearing the cover off the ball, finishing the season with 36 home runs, 110 RBI and a .310 average. He’s got the veteran Ryan Braun in the lineup too, who closed the season scorching hot. Mix that with 96 combined homers from Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw, and Mike Moustakas, and boy is this Brewers lineup good. That 1-2 punch at the top of the order of Lorenzo Cain and Yelich really are the table setters to the big boppers.