MLB Picks: Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers: April 20th 2012
MLB Picks: April 20th 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Pick: Milwaukee -128
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Milwaukee has been up and down to start the season as it opened 4-2 then lost four straight before winning two out of three against the Dodgers in its most recent series. The Brewers are a game under .500 and trail the Cardinals in the National League Central by three games. They still have six games left on this current homestand and after Colorado, Houston comes to visit so a very good finish is more than possible. Milwaukee is 20-6 in its last 26 series openers.
The Rockies ended up with a 5-4 homestand after winning the final two series against Arizona and San Diego, taking two games in each. This is just the second road series for Colorado which dropped its opening series in Houston by losing two of three. The starting pitching has been the big concern thus far as the Rockies have posted a 5.83 ERA from their rotation. They are 2-9 in their last 11 series openers and 17-39 in their last 56 games as a road underdog between +110 and +150.
Shawn Marcum went from hero to goat in Milwaukee in matter of two months. Through 29 starts last season, he had a 3.11 ERA and was coasting the Brewers into the playoffs and then the wheels fell off. In his final four regular season starts and his three playoff starts, he posted a whopping 11.91 ERA with only one quality start over that stretch. Fast forward to 2012 and he has seemed to have gotten over it as he has two quality outings to open the season and now comes his home season debut.
Colorado has not gotten the same early season success from Jhoulys Chacin. In his first start against the Giants, he gave up five walks, four hits and four runs in four innings so it was a very uneven performance. He was pitching better in his second start against Arizona as he had allowed one run over four innings before a rain delay cut his outing short. He has had a decent run in Colorado but certainly nothing spectacular and in his only career start against the Brewers last season, he allowed five runs in 6.1 innings. 3* (962) Milwaukee Brewers -Matt Fargo