Before the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers meet in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon, members of the Rockies met with the media to discuss the game.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, third baseman Nolan Arenado and NLDS Game 4 starter Kyle Freeland met with the media to talk about what’s ahead for Game 3 as well as a look back at Colorado’s struggles in Game 1 and 2.
Here are some of the best quotes from the pregame session.
"“Well, with Matt, I think we need his bat in the lineup, try to generate some offense. I think you saw that against the Cubs on Tuesday night with (Jon) Lester. I think our right-handed bats against a lefty, Matt included, I think will give Miley a little bit more of a dangerous effect.“As far as the second part of your question, with Miley, we’re going to see a guy that throws the football down in the strike zone with some movement, nice cutter that he throws quite often. You’re going to see it in on the hands of the righty, down and away to probably CarGo (Carlos Gonzalez) and Tony (Wolters), but it’s an in-and-out attack, mostly down with sink, so we’ve got to get the ball up. We’ve got to get it up over the plate. If he makes a mistake, we’ve got to be ready to hit it.”"
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Black on Trevor Story chasing more pitches in Game 1 and 2:
"“I mean, yeah, there was some coaching yesterday. There were some conversations. There were some cage work, but a lot of it is — which is great, that he self-admitted that he got a little anxious in those two games. So that’s the first step.“He and I talked yesterday, Mike Redmond was in the conversation, and I’m sure there were probably a number of people who talked to Trevor, right, about, hey, relax. Those at-bats were atypical of what you’ve done this season. And now Trevor, I think, with the day off yesterday should be — time will tell. That’s why we play. But I suspect his at bats will be better.”"
Arenado on the comfort level for the Rockies and their bats at Coors Field:
"“Yeah, I think — obviously we’re back home. It’ll be nice to hear our crowd. I think we’re going to feed off that, but I think we’ve just got to slow the game down. Being on the home side is a little bit different than being on the away side, that’s for sure, but there’s an opportunity to win a ballgame, and we understand that.“We know who we are as an offense. We’ll have our talks and our meetings before the game today, but there isn’t a whole lot of discussion. We know what we need to do. We don’t need to talk about it. We see it. It’s visible. Like you guys said, it’s visible what we’re doing up there at the plate, and it’s just not getting it done.“We know what we need to do, and we’re going to continue to work at it and find a way.”"
Freeland on pitching Game 4 in his hometown:
"“It’s extremely exciting. I take a lot of pride. I know the rest of the team takes a lot of pride, not only in this city, but in the team in general. Myself being from here, growing up watching this team, watching the mostly valleys and a few peaks that they’ve had over the past 25 years, it’s felt like I’ve been with them the whole way.“I’m very excited to be able to continue this post season and get some more wins.”"