DENVER, CO - APRIL 11: Relief pitcher Tyler Chatwood #32 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on April 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Chatwood earned a save as the Rockies defeated the Giants 17-8. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Brewers haven't won a road game against a team that's not the Astros since June 27, when the took one of three from the Reds in Cincinnati. They haven't won a non-Astros road series since taking two of three against the Twins on June 15-17.
Tonight the Rockies will look to keep both of those streaks alive as they send Tyler Chatwood (5.06 ERA, 5.44 FIP) to the mound. Chatwood is 22 years old and in his second major league season. He was originally drafted by the Angels but came to the Rockies last winter in the deal that sent catcher Chris Iannetta to Los Angeles. This will be Chatwood's third start as a Rockie, and his first since pitching five shutout innings against the Giants on Friday. He threw just 71 pitches in that outing, which is normal in Colorado's four-man rotation.
Over 163 major league innings Chatwood has struck out 4.7 batters per nine and walked 4.5, so patience against him is key. He'll throw a low-to-mid 90's fastball almost 75% of the time, with some curves and sliders mixed in. His fastball is roughly average and his other stuff is all below.
Chatwood has never faced the Brewers and no current Brewers have faced him in the majors.
He'll face Randy Wolf (5.46 ERA, 4.68 FIP), who is coming off one of his best starts in a while. He allowed two runs over six innings against the Reds on Wednesday, walking two and striking out seven. His 57 Game Score for that contest was his best in his last nine starts.
It's worth noting that Wolf's strikeout numbers are up a bit lately. He's averaging about 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings this season but almost eight over his last ten appearances. His home run rate is also up, though (over two per nine over the same span), so he's posted a 5.98 ERA in those games.
Wolf did not face the Rockies when these two teams met in April. Three current Rockies have faced him ten times or more:
Jean Segura is back in the lineup tonight:
Norichika Aoki RF
Rickie Weeks 2B
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Corey Hart 1B
Martin Maldonado C
Carlos Gomez CF
Jean Segura SS
Randy Wolf P
And in the bullpen:
Livan Hernandez pitched three innings (40 pitches) last night.
Mike McClendon pitched two innings (24 pitches) last night.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (8 pitches) last night.
Kameron Loe pitched one inning (20 pitches) Sunday.
Jose Veras pitched .1 innings (4 pitches) Sunday.
Manny Parra and Jim Henderson last pitched on Saturday.
John Axford last pitched on Friday.
It was hot in Denver today but should cool off tonight. Expect the temperature to be in the low-to-mid 80's at game time and fall into the upper 70's as the night goes along.