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Rox-Crew Game 2: Lineups, matchups, FAQs

October 4, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- And now, for something different in the Rockies-Brewers National League Division Series.The Rockies will start a lefty in Tyler Anderson in Game 2 today. The Brewers will start, well, a starter. They are going with Jhoulys Chacin, though he will be working on short rest."Going up 1-0 is

MILWAUKEE -- And now, for something different in the Rockies-Brewers National League Division Series.
The Rockies will start a lefty in Tyler Anderson in Game 2 today. The Brewers will start, well, a starter. They are going with Jhoulys Chacin, though he will be working on short rest.
"Going up 1-0 is huge, especially at home," said Milwaukee's Mike Moustakas, whose 10th-inning single gave the Brewers a 3-2, 10-inning win in a bullpen game in the series opener on Thursday. "Our bullpen, you guys saw, they are phenomenal. They did a great job for us today. … It's a big win carrying some momentum into [Game 2]."
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The Rockies have struggled for hits this week, both in the NL West tiebreaker loss at Los Angeles and the win in the Wild Card Game at Chicago.
"We have to put better at-bats together, all of us as a group, and we've been struggling the last few games, but at the same time we're facing good pitching," third baseman Nolan Arenado said.
What do the starting lineups look like?
Rockies: After spending all of Thursday getting used to different pitchers, the Rockies will see a familiar face in Chacin, who pitched for Colorado from 2009-14. The Rockies have been held to two runs in each of the past three games, covering 32 innings. Carlos Gonzalez has reached safely in his past 10 games.
After thrilling rally, Rox drop Game 1
1. Charlie Blackmon, CF

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  4. Trevor Story, SS
  5. Gerardo Parra, LF
  6. Ian Desmond, 1B
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Tyler Anderson, LHP
    Brewers: The Brewers scored enough to win Game 1, but they left too many runners on the bases for manager Craig Counsell's liking. In the seventh inning, they had two on and one out but failed to score. In the eighth, they had second and third with no outs and came up empty again. They stranded 10 aboard in all, leading Counsell to say, "We've got to do a little better job with the opportunities that we had. We had a bunch of opportunities where contact gets us a run, and we didn't capitalize on that. We left some runs out there because of that."
    1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  9. Christian Yelich, RF
  10. Ryan Braun, LF
  11. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
  12. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  13. Hernan Perez, SS
  14. Travis Shaw, 2B
  15. Erik Kratz, C
  16. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
    Moose adds to stacked postseason resume
    Who are the starting pitchers?
    Rockies: Anderson (7-9, 4.55 ERA) got his feet wet in the postseason last year. He pitched an inning in the 11-8 Wild Card Game loss at Arizona and gave up a two-run Daniel Descalso homer. Anderson gave up three homers during an Aug. 4 loss at Miller Park, but in his last three regular-season outings he pitched to a 1.83 ERA with 15 strikeouts and five walks.
    "My whole life I've wanted to be a big league pitcher, and on top of that when you get to the big leagues, you want to win a World Series," Anderson said. "That is your dream. As a kid, you're not dreaming of pitching in a game in May at home."

Brewers: Chacin (15-8, 3.50) has never pitched in the postseason, and he has never started a game on short rest after a previous start. Both things will change Friday when he starts against the team that raised him and brought him to the big leagues, four days after pitching into the sixth inning of the NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs. Chacin, the Brewers' leader in starts (35), victories (15) and strikeouts (156), held opponents to the seventh-lowest average (.220) among NL qualifiers, and the team went 23-12 when he took the mound.
"I feel good, first of all," Chacin said. "My last five, six games, I haven't thrown that many pitches in games. I think that I'm just well to go. It's always a challenge to pitch on three days' rest instead of four, but like I say, I feel well-rested, and I feel I'm up to the challenge."

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Rockies: The day off before the start of the series helped after the 13-inning Wild Card Game, so fatigue might not be a huge factor. Lefty Chris Rusin went 1 1/3 innings on Thursday but should be able to bounce back. Manager Bud Black might be careful about primary setup man Adam Ottavino, who has had a costly, run-scoring pitch in each of the two postseason games. Ottavino faced eight batters on Thursday. The Rockies should have confidence in rookies DJ Johnson and Harrison Musgrave, each of whom pitched out of jams Thursday.

Brewers: Aside from Jeremy Jeffress' hiccup in the ninth inning, Game 1 went just according to plan for the Brewers, especially young right-handers Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes covering the first five innings. Counsell has plenty of pitching for Game 2 with a fresh Junior Guerra and Freddy Peralta, plus Giovany Gonzalez or Wade Miley, should either be needed. Gonzalez was ready to enter Thursday's game had the Brewers not won it in the 10th. Jeffress said he was eager to pitch again after allowing two runs on three hits and Nolan Arenado's tying sacrifice fly.
Jeffress stumbles, recovers to keep game tied

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Rockies: Ottavino is a question. He threw 30 pitches, and stayed with fastballs instead of his signature slider in the 10th inning before Moustakas singled in the deciding run.
Brewers:Josh Hader, if the Brewers stick to the plan of resting him after multi-inning appearances. Hader looked good for four outs of Game 1, and that usually means two days of rest. Saturday's travel day means he would miss only one game. Of course, Counsell didn't say for sure that the regular-season rules would apply, lest he let the Rockies in on Hader's availability.

Any injuries of note?
Rockies: No.
Brewers: No.
Who is hot and who is not?
Rockies: In the regular lineup, Blackmon is 2-for-7 with a double, one RBI and a run scored in the postseason, so he comes closest to qualifying as hot. Story went 3-for-6 in the Wild Card Game, but 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Thursday. Left-handed hitting Gerardo Parra had a big hit in the ninth inning and drove another to the warning track on Thursday, and he delivered a key single in the Wild Card Game. Dahl's struggles could open a spot for Holliday, but really much of the lineup is struggling.

Brewers: Yelich, obviously, after he added two more hits including a homer to his gaudy numbers down the stretch of the regular season. But Braun's recent run is also notable for the Brewers, since it lengthens the lineup. Braun is 13-for-37 over his past 11 games, and he has hit safely in 13 of his 16 career postseason games.
Yelich delivers MVP-caliber postseason debut

Anything else fans might want to know?
Braun is now the Brewers' all-time leader with 23 postseason hits after passing Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, who had 22 each. Of course, they played in an era of no Division Series and a best-of-five League Championship Series.
Holliday's pinch-hit single in the ninth was his 15th hit for the Rockies in the postseason, which ties Yorvit Torrealba for the club record. Holliday's 71 postseason hits, which cover a long stint with the Cardinals between his times with the Rockies, rank third among active players behind the 90 apiece for Jose Pujols and Yadier Molina. Thursday's four hits were the fewest for the Rockies in a postseason game.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.