MILWAUKEE – The Colorado Rockies were very nearly completely dominated in the first game of the NLDS by the Milwaukee Brewers.
They managed just one hit over eight innings while the Brew Crew ran out flamethrower after flamethrower in an impressive display of the quality of their own bullpen?
But in a best-of-five series, did they play their cards too soon and fly too close to the sun?
While still stewing in the frustration of the 3-2 loss in extra innings, the Rockies clubhouse was surprisingly upbeat afterward with multiple players going to that old truism to remind us that nobody was going to “hang their heads.” Charlie Blackmon channeled Douglass Adams: “Don’t Panic.”
But this isn’t a story about a moral victory or a mental win on behalf of a team that looked down and ought but still fought with all their hearts. That’s nice, and still to some degree true, but baseball games between two teams of this caliber tend to be won on talent, scouting, approach, strategy, and timing.
By using so many relievers in the first contest, the Brewers may have just given the Rockies the roadmap on how to beat them in the next four.