Winners and Losers from NLDS Sweep

The Milwaukee
Brewers swept past the Colorado Rockies and into the National League
Championship Series with a 6-0 win on Sunday winning the best of five series in
three straight.

Here are the
biggest winners and losers fron the NLDS.

Winner:
Christian Yelich

Yelich made
and early statement in Game 1 with a 2-run homer in the third inning and while
the Rockies did eventually tie the game in the top of the ninth, his heroics
set the tone for the remainder of the series.

Loser:
Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon hit
.305 for the season but just .083 in the series and while the Colorado offense
failed overall Blackmon failed to set the table for the other Rockies stars.

Winner: Mike
Moustakas

Milwaukee is
a team with little playoff experience and Moustakas brought that to the club.
The Brewers 3rd baseman not only had the walk off single that won
Game 1 in the 10th but hit .364 for the series.

Loser: Bud
Black

The Colorado
manager started the wrong pitcher for the win or go home Game 3. Kyle Freeland
turned in a spectacular performance against Chicago in the Wild Card game on
short rest. He was fully rested for the game on Sunday.

Winner: Erik
Kratz

The best
hitter in the series wasn’t and MVP candidate like Yelich but a 38-year-old
journeyman catcher with a .211 batting average, hitting a staggering .625 in
the series with three hits in Game 3 while the Rockies as a team only had four.

Loser: Scott
Oberg

Oberg was
beaten by his own mistakes on Game 3 with a costly balk that brought in a run
in the sixth inning and game up another on a wild pitch that effectively ended
the series for Colorado.

Winner:
Manny Pina

The Brewers
catcher cut down two base stealing attempts by Colorado in Game 1 when the game
turned into a small ball match in the later innings.

Losers:
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story

Two guys who
hit a combined 75 homers in the regular season hit .182 and .167 respectively
and had one extra base hit, a double between them.

Winner:
Milwaukee Pitching

An
overpowering effort was delivered by the entire staff not just the big names of
Josh Hader and Corey Knebel. In 28 innings the Rockies recorded just 14 hits, 6
walks and struck out 30 times. There were precious few tight spots for Brewers pitching
to work their way out of making an emphatic statement for the playoffs going forward.