The Brewers and Rockies wrap up a four-game series on Thursday night. Milwaukee (51-35, 1st in NL Central) will have rookie RHP Tobias Myers (5-2, 3.26 ERA) as their starting pitcher while host Colorado (29-56, 5th in NL Central) is going to have RHP Cal Quantrill (6-6, 3.78 ERA) on the hill to get the game started. The first pitch from Coors Field should go out around 8:10 EST.

(This was published prior to the conclusion of Wednesday’s games.)

Brewers keeping pace atop Central

The Brewers picked up a win on Tuesday to split the first two games of this series, running their record to 7-2 in their last nine games, prior to Wednesday. The offense tallied 416 runs in 86 games and their 4.84 runs per game rank seventh overall. Milwaukee batters slashed .258/.33/.400 and had 230 extra-base hits and 120 stolen bases, second most in the NL. They had also drawn 312 walks while striking out 743 times. Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday night’s win, bringing his average to .329 in 60 games played. The former MVP has 20 extra-base hits, 36 RBIs, 36 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.

On the pitching end, Milwaukee’s hurlers were sporting a 3.74 team ERA, the fourth best mark in the National League. Their starters had a 20-21 record with a 4.19 ERA and their relievers had 31 saves and a 31-14 record with a 3.23 ERA. The staff as a whole recorded 683 strikeouts and allowed 268 free passes. Myers will be making his 11th start after going 4-0 in five June starts with a 1.44 ERA in 31 1/3 innings. The rookie right-hander went six innings in four of those starts and allowed only two home runs total in that stretch. Opponents are hitting .230 against Myers this season and he has allowed 18 walks in 58 innings.

Rockies can’t keep momentum

The Rockies had won two straight after taking the series opener on Monday, before being dumped on Tuesday, their sixth loss in their last eight games. Through 85 games they had scored 361 runs, an average of 4.25 runs per game, 18th overalls. Heading into Wednesday, they were slashing .244/.305/.392 with 246 extra-base hits and 50 stolen bases. Colorado Batters struck out a league-high 809 times while drawing 240 walks. Brenton Doyle drove in two of the team’s three runs on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a double, his 13th of the season. The outfielder leads the team with 20 stolen bases and is hitting .264 with 25 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and a team-high 49 runs scored.

Colorado’s pitching staff was dead last in the game with a 5.59 team ERA over 85 games. The starting rotation was 13-39 with a 5.52 ERA while the bullpen had gone 16-17 with 15 saves and a 5.74 ERA. Overall, they had recorded 557 strikeouts and allowed 305 walks. In his last start, Quantrill picked up a loss for the second time in his last three outings after allowing five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Over his last three, the right-hander has allowed his opponents to hit .309 against him while posting a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings of work. Quantrill has faced Milwaukee just once in his career, allowing just one hit in 2/3 inning of relief.

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The first two games of the series were split, each team winning a one-run ballgame. With a win in the second game, the Brewers improved to 24-22 on the road this season while Colorado moved to 17-25 at Coors Field. Milwaukee’s rookie starter is adept at working away from home as well, with three of his last five starts and seven of his outings on the year coming on the road. He is 4-0 in his last five road outings, allowing a combined two runs over 25 2/3 innings. The Rockies offense is decent enough and may be able to pluck the youngster for a few runs, but I think Myers holds the upper hand with his past performances on the road this year. On the other hand, Quantrill is just 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA at home this season.

Take the Brewers.

Prediction: Milwaukee -148

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In their first two games the teams averaged a combined 11 runs per game but split, 1-1, against the total. Both teams do have fairly healthy offenses in play, noted in part by the combined 91 games between them that have hit the over this season. Coors Field has the highest park factor (113), per BaseballSavant.com, than any other team in the game by far, due in major part to the number of runs scored at the Denver ballpark. Heading into Wednesday, the Rockies had scored at least five runs in seven of their last 12 games at home. Milwaukee had plated six runs or more in five of their last nine games. The score is 6-3-1 in the last ten meetings between the two.

Take the over.

Prediction: Over 10.5

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