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Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers Betting Preview

A weekend series between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers extends into Monday at American Family Field. It’s been a rough weekend in Wisconsin so far for the Rockies, who are on the verge of getting swept with a loss in the series finale.

The Brewers have rolled out of the All-Star break with three straight wins, pushing their lead in the NL Central up to 2.5 games. Whether it’s good hitting, bad Colorado pitching, or a combination of both, Milwaukee has already plated 25 runs in the past three games.

Colorado Scoring, But Not Winning

It looks bad that the Rockies are on the verge of losing their first four to start the second half, but so far this weekend, the losses have come 6-5, 9-4, and 10-9. Friday’s loss came in 13 innings, and the Colorado bullpen gave up three runs in the bottom of the 8th in Sunday’s defeat, so they have been close.

Regardless of whether Colorado ‘almost’ picked up some wins this weekend, they have now dropped eight straight against the Brewers. Oddsmakers seem to think that trend will continue with Milwaukee a -196 favorite in Monday’s series wrap-up.

Kyle Freeland (4-7, 4.96 ERA) will try to be the stopper for the Rockies on Monday, but he’s also allowed 15 ER over his last three starts (16 IP). Only one of those outings was at Coors Field, too, as Freeland’s road record has dropped to 1-4 with a 4.11 ERA.

Brewers Building Momentum

A sweep coming out of the All-Star break would be a nice start to the second half for the Brewers, who have put up offensive numbers this weekend that would make you think the series was at Coors Field.

Milwaukee has racked up 35 hits in the first three games of this series, with Hunter Renfroe being absolutely in the zone, going 6-12 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. Willy Adames and Andrew McCutchen also added long balls on Friday, while Tyrone Taylor hit his 10th bomb of the year on Sunday.

Brewers pitchers are getting run support this weekend, a trend that Monday’s starter Aaron Ashby (2-7, 4.57 ERA) hopes continues. Ashby’s numbers may not be eye-popping, but Milwaukee has seen enough to sign him to a 5-year extension over the weekend.

Rockies vs. Brewers Pick and Prediction

Is Milwaukee satisfied with taking the first three games of this series, or are they absolutely intent on getting a sweep coming out of the All-Star break?

The Brewers have won eight straight in the head-to-head series and are 6-2 in their last eight against a LH starter, but Ashby hasn’t been very sharp in recent starts.

The first three games of this series have gone ‘over’ the run total, and that’s where it looks like the finale is headed (O/U 8.5). Freeland has been getting pummeled lately, and Ashby has gotten through the fifth just once in his last six starts.

Pick: Over 8.5 (EVEN)

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