Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies meet on Friday at Coors Field in a battle of last place teams. The Phillies are -150 favorites over the Rockies with an over/under run total set at 10.
It has been an awful year for the Colorado Rockies as not only are they losing they don’t appear to have any direction except headed downward. The Rockies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 18-25 at home this season, and they are in last place and 13 games back in the N.L. West. As a team the Rockies are hitting .268 with Carlos Gonzalez hitting .330, Tyler Colvin hitting .305, and Dexter Fowler hitting .300. As a team the Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 5.26 with the starters at dreadful 6.11 and the bullpen at 4.09. For game one against the Phillies Colorado starts Christian Friedrich who has lost his last five decisions. For the season Friedrich has allowed 82 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 62 over 64.2 innings of work for a 5.98 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies have to be one of the more disappointing teams in baseball as we are used to seeing them on top of the standings but this year this is a team overloaded with payroll and underperforming. The Phillies are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 20-23 on the road, and 14 games back and in last place in the N.L. East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .262 with Carlos Ruiz hitting .250, Hunter Pence hitting .295, and Juan Pierre hitting .307. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 4.76. For game one at Colorado Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who has been a tough luck loser plenty this year. For the season Lee has allowed 96 hits and 43 runs while striking out 98 over 97.1 innings of work for a 3.98 ERA.
Colorado is 9-22 in their last 31 games overall, 3-10 in their last 13 home games, and 0-6 in Friedrich’s last six starts. Philadelphia is 2-5 in their last seven games against the N.L. West, 1-8 in their last nine road games, and 1-5 in Lee’s last six starts. Philadelphia is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams are horrible so laying a big price on the Phillies on the road isn’t very appealing but it is more appealing than taking the Rockies anywhere.
Philadelphia Phillies -150 Colorado Rockies