Johnson: Brothers taking on 'best hitters in the world'

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Things seem to be going good for Colorado Rockies left-hander Rex Brothers since he was called up to the major leagues earlier this month.

I got a call from Brothers yesterday morning once the Rockies arrived in Cleveland for a three-game series.

"I'm really enjoying this. It's been everything I expected and more," Brothers said. "This is another lifestyle than I'm accustomed to and way above my standard of living. They really treat you well and we always stay in the nicest hotels when we're on the road. It's a great experience every time we go to another stadium."

He's doing well despite some "growing pains" along the way.

Brothers has pitched in six games totaling five innings of work.

He's allowed seven hits, four earned runs with five strikeouts and four base on balls.

"It's a challenge every time you take the mound. You're facing the best hitters in the world," Brothers said. "The hitters are much more patient and you really can't afford to make a bad pitch or make a mistake."

After their stint in Cleveland, Brothers and the Rockies hit the Big Apple to play the Mets.

Colorado will play in Atlanta for four games starting on July 4 and will be in Cincinnati to face the Reds for a four-game series starting on Aug. 8.

I know a lot of his family and close friends are planning to spend the 4th of July week in Atlanta and I'm in the process of getting media credentials for when the Rockies play in Cincinnati.

"I hope I'm here to stay but I just have to take it day by day," Brothers said. "I just try to go out and do my best every time they call on me and give me the baseball."

He's one of two left-handed pitchers in the Rockies bullpen.