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On 04/19/2014 06:06 PM in MLB

SATURDAY FIRST 5 INNINGS PLAY (YTD 4-2)

Philadelphia/Colorado over 6 even:
Saturday night the Colorado Rockies (9-9) play the second of a 3 game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (7-9) at hitter friendly Coors Field. The Rocks won the opener on Friday night flattening the fanatics 12-1 showcasing an 18 hit attack highlighted by Troy Tulowitzki who went 3 for 3, scored 2 runs and drove in 5 more including a HR off of Johnathan Pettibone. Pettibone lasted just 4 IP and gave up 8 ER on 9 hits. So are batters finally catching up with the post era humidor, which seemed to make a difference over the last 5 years dropping high altitude Denver offense back to earth? Too early to tell, as we've seen 5 of the first 7 games eclipse the total with ease, and I'm expecting more of the same tonight.

The Phillies send Kyle Kendrick (0-1 3.50) to the mound whom despite a solid last outing failed to record a decision last Sunday as Philadelphia edged Miami 4-3. Kendrick was a lot more solid than his previous outing as he yielded 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 IP while walking 3 and striking out 7. This evening he faces a Colorado lineup that has smashed opposing pitching for better than 5 runs per game along with some power allocated amongst the lineup. Carlos Gonzalez (.286 4 13) got off to a torrid start but got the night off after cooling down considerably mired in a 2 for 20 slump. Tulowitzki (.360 2 11) will look to continue his hot hitting after last night's bust out performance. Charlie Blackmon (.426 1 10) also collected 3 hits last night and has struck out only 3 times in 61 plate appearances leading the Rockies in hitting. One of the keys to Colorado's success in 2014 will be the efficiency and health of Justin Morneau (.333 2 8) who is looking to put one of his more anemic seasons behind.

Jordan Lyles (2-0 4.32 counters Kendrick this evening who also comes off a no decision over his last start. In a 5-4 Rocks loss to the San Diego Padres earlier in the week, Lyles gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5+ IP but looked untouchable blanking SD for the first 4 innings before running into trouble. Lyles faces a Phillies lineup that has seemingly found trouble searching for offense scoring right around 4 runs per contest but only 2 over the last 3 contests. They're hitting just .253 collectively led by Chase Utley (.429 3 10) who is back after missing a couple of games battling the flu. Otherwise good luck finding any roster regulars anywhere near .300. MArlon Byrd (.254 2 10) and aging Jimmy Rollins (.246 2 10) are tied with Utley for the team lead in RBI's with 10. However Ryan Howard (.214 3 7) is already hearing the boos at Citizens Bank Park swinging the bat like a rusty gate. I wonder what it took for Carlos Ruiz (.217) to receive permission to use Adderall, the same substance he took last season earning a 25 game suspension.

We get a bargain of a price this evening for a change in a ballpark where no lead is safe and even the blindest of anemic offenses can find a nut here and there. Philadelphia's lineup is a lot better on paper than they've shown at the plate thus far, so Lyles cannot afford to lose his focus as was the case back with his days in horrible Houston. Most blame his debacle of 2013 (7-9 5.59) due to inconsistent mechanics and control combined with a lack of run support, something he no longer has to worry about in purple and black pinstripes. Consequently, Kendrick does have the veteran-like ability to work his way out of jams but must prove economically effective at Coors against one of the more consistently sound offenses in the NL so far this season. There's a reason why most of these first half beauties lands around 6 or greater, and we hope to let the offenses break this 2 game slide I'm on after running the table during the first 4. Best of luck however you play!

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