The Colorado Rockies are putting their title hopes on the line Sunday, when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series. The Rockies trail the Brewers 2-0 in the best-of-five series, meaning another loss will equal elimination.
With so much riding on Sunday's outcome, the Rockies' decision to start German Marquez over Kyle Freeland is certain to raise questions. It was Freeland who, during the regular season, posted a better ERA than Marquez (2.85 versus 3.77) in more innings (202 versus 196 in 33 starts each). Both will enter Sunday on a full rest, too. So what are the Rockies thinking?
Let's try to figure it out.
Colorado wants three wins, not one
If the Rockies are going to come back and advance to the NL Championship Series, they'll need good starts from Marquez and Freeland -- not just one. Viewed from that perspective, it doesn't really matter who starts Game 3 and Game 4, so long as there is a Game 4.