The Wild Card games have come and gone. Now, business is seriously about to pick up in the Division Series.
The Milwaukee Brewers will host the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night. While the teams aren't the most popular in the league, the opening game has the potential to be an absolute slugfest.
Brewers/Rockies is low-key an unbelievable NLDS.— Nick Kostos (@TheKostos) October 3, 2018
Well, let's start with the obvious, and that's both offenses are on fire as of late.
The primary weapon on the Brewers is Christian Yelich, as he is the favorite to win the National League MVP, as he owns a .326 batting average with 36 home runs and 110 RBI. As if those numbers aren't terrifying enough, Milwaukee still has Lorenzo Cain, Jesus Aguilar, and Travis Shaw, just to name a few.
Brewers NLDS roster has 11 pitchers, 14 position players. Gonzalez, Miley, Peralta, Broxton, Santana in. Anderson, Davies, Williams, Thames out. pic.twitter.com/OeNNnOJi67— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 4, 2018
As for the Rockies, the big name in the batting order is third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is right up there in hitting statistics as Yelich. Arenado matches his Milwaukee counterpart in runs batted in (110), however, he does have the advantage in home runs (38), which put the kibosh on Yelich's Triple Crown plans.
Right behind Arenado is Trevor Story, who has 37 homers and 108 RBI, proving to be an equally as dangerous option for manager Bud Black. Oh, and then they have Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond as well.
#WILDCARD GAME ROSTER— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) October 2, 2018
Pitchers: Davis, Freeland, Johnson, McGee, Musgrave, Oberg, Oh, Ottavino, Rusin, Senzatela
Catchers: Butera, Iannetta, Wolters
Infielders: Arenado, Desmond, Hampson, LeMahieu, McMahon, Story, Valaika
Outfielders: Blackmon, Dahl, CarGo, Holliday, Parra pic.twitter.com/n3tvwGKJhO
What increases the chances of an offensive game is the starting pitchers on Thursday. Brewers manager Craig Counsell named relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff as the "initial out-getter," while Black selected second-year starter Antonio Senzatela.
So, the Brewers have opted to go with a bullpen game (ask the Oakland Athletics how that worked out), while the Rockies will use Senzatela, who owns a 6-6 record and a 4.38 ERA on the year.
if you're looking for some entertaining programming on Thursday night, turn on the Brewers-Rockies game, as it will no doubt provide some entertaining television.