In the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (19-32) and the Colorado Rockies (19-32) at Citizens Bank Park, Jerome Williams (3-4, 5.33 ERA) and Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.10 ERA) get the start. The Phillies lost the last game 5-2, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 31 and will air on ROOT-RM and CSN-PHI.
Williams is 1-1 with a 4.68 ERA against the Rockies in his career, and is up against a solid Colorado offense that's hitting .266 on the year. Ryan Howard (.250, 16 Rs, 10 HRs, 25 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Phillies, Lyles is 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA. He gets a struggling Philadelphia offense that's batting just .237. Nolan Arenado (.285, 24 Rs, 11 HRs, 33 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Philadelphia is favored by a slight -115 margin in its matchup against Colorado. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Phillies have a losing record of 2-3 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -866. They have a winless record (0-1) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking third in the NL with an average of only 7.1 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .469 when playing as the underdog (15-17) and an overall money line of -332. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 5-2 record. Colorado has been playing better lately, averaging 5.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.3. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.1 hits per game.
The Rockies have gotten the better of the Phillies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. The Phillies will take on a right-hander (Lyles) in this game. They have struggled against right-handed starting pitchers this season, going 15-26. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Williams. They sport a 17-19 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Under
Philadelphia has won 35% (9-17) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Colorado has won 47% (8-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 2-4 record when opponents give up that many walks.
The Rockies are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Phillies currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 14-4. The Rockies have a 16-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 156 this season. Colorado ranks 16th with 203 runs.
Philadelphia and Colorado both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 27th with 116 this season and Colorado ranks 29th with 103.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 9-12. When the Rockies hit at least one homer, they have an 18-12 record.