Jerad Eickhoff (7-12, 3.78 ERA) and Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.04 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (54-63) and the Colorado Rockies (56-60) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 10-6, and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and can be seen on CSPh and RTRM.
Eickhoff pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and striking out five in a 6-5 win over the Padres. Ryan Howard (.195, 26 Rs, 17 HRs, 40 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs. Anderson went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Colorado takes on Philadelphia as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of +473 and a record as the underdog of 36-50. The Phillies have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.7 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Phillies are the second-best team in the NL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.6 walks per game to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Phillies, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.2.
In games where it is the favorite, Colorado has a 25-19 record and an overall money line of +172. Offensively, they average 5.2 runs per game, which the best in the NL. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 402 extra base hits. Moving on to Colorado's pitching staff and defense, the Rockies allow just three runs per road game, ranking them third in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Rockies are fifth in the NL on the road with an average of 7.9 hits allowed per away game.
The Phillies lead the season series, 3-2. The Phillies have a 13-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Eickhoff (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 42-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
Colorado recorded at least two errors for the 16th time this season.
The Phillies are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Rockies have a 1-17 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 12-51. The Rockies have an 11-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 116 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with 146.
Ranking 14th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.03 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.37.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.685). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .792.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 28-46, well-matched with the Phillies who are 22-49 when allowing at least one homer.