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Brewers pitched to record extremes vs. Rockies

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MILWAUKEE -- On one hand, Brewers pitchers were historically good in the season-opening series against the Rockies. They set a franchise record for the first three games of a season with 30 strikeouts.

On the other hand, Brewers pitchers were historically bad. They matched a franchise record by allowing eight home runs in the first three games, and set a dubious record by surrendering 41 hits.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke opted not to mention any of those record numbers in the pitchers' usual pre-series meeting on Friday.

"I don't want to make comments right now," Roenicke said, "because any time I make a lot of comments, they think about it. The mental part of it is so important to me that I'd rather let them perform [up to] their abilities and not overthink right now. It can lead into some bad things. Even though what I say, I try to be positive all the time, sometimes it gets them thinking too much and it works in reverse."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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