Rockies vs. Brewers prediction and odds for Wednesday, August 9 (Flex on Flexen)

The Brewers and Rockies have split the first two, but Milwaukee is a big favorite in Game 3 of this three-game set.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Sal Frelick (10)
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Sal Frelick (10) / Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers have opened their last two series with blowout wins, but haven’t been able to sustain that momentum. In the first game of this series with the Colorado Rockies they notched a 12-1 win, but lost 7-3 to Colorado yesterday. Now, that sets up the series finale this afternoon in Milwaukee. The Brewers are leading the NL Central by 1.5 games at 61-54 while the Rockies are last in the West at 45-68.

On the mound in Game 3 will be Chris Flexen and Adrian Houser. Flexen has made two starts since joining the Rockies from Seattle and on the year he is 1-5 with a 7.82 ERA in 19 appearances. Houser is 4-3 in 15 games for the Brewers with a 4.19 ERA. 

The Brewers are favored with Houser on the mound in the finale. Let’s take a look at the odds. 

Rockies vs. Brewers odds, run line and total

Rockies vs. Brewers prediction and pick

Over their last nine games the Brewers have alternated loss/win, so by that pattern they are due for a victory in this one. That’d be an important one too because the Cubs are now breathing down their necks in the NL Central. 

For the Rockies they’re trying a second half reclamation project with Chris Flexen and so far it doesn’t look promising. Flexen has given up nine runs, out of them earned, in his 8.2 innings in Colorado with four home runs allowed, six walks and six strikeouts. Only one of those starts actually came at Coors Field so the elevation isn’t to blame. 

The Brewers should be able to pound Flexen in this one, but offensively they haven't been particularly strong lately. They added Carlos Santana and Mark Canha to help in that department but over the past week they both have a .481 OPS. Sal Frelick however, is giving them a spark.

Frelick spent most of the year hurt, but when the young outfielder has been on the field he’s been great. He has a 1.291 OPS this past week with two home runs and Frelick and Yelich give Milwaukee a good enough outfield to hang around in the NL Central race even while the Cubs are red hot and charging. 

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