With the Arizona Diamondbacks' victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, the Colorado Rockies have officially been eliminated from the NL West race. The Rockies elimination number in the wild card is two, and the Atlanta Braves will help move that to zero in due time.
But for now, the Rockies visit the Milwaukee Brewers for a two-game series. Back in May the team lost all three games to the Brewers in Milwaukee. That was the series that saw the Rockies blow the opening game of the series three times, ultimately ending with Felipe Paulino allowing a two-run home run in the bottom of the 14th.
Esmil Rogers (6-5, 6.26 ERA) missed that series with a sore lat and will make his first career start at Miller Park on Tuesday night. Rogers' season started off promising, just like the Rockies' did, but since his return in late July, things have been a rude awakening for him. Since Aug. 14, Rogers has allowed four runs in four of his five starts and six runs in the other start. However, he was able to pitch at least six innings in four of those five starts, saving the bullpen from long days.
Zack Greinke (14-6, 3.93 ERA) is coming off two Sept. starts that saw him allow four runs in 13 inning. But in the latter one, Greinke took the loss since the offense added zero runs of support. Of all of his post-All-Star Break starts, Greinke's really had just one bad start. He allowed seven runs on the road to Pittsburgh. In his two starts against the Rockies, Greinke allowed three runs on five hits both times.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. MT.