Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA) and Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.10 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (19-30) and the Colorado Rockies (19-26) at Citizens Bank Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and NBC-10.
Hamels is 4-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, and goes up against a good Colorado offense which is batting .267 this season. Against the Phillies, Lyles is 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts. Nolan Arenado (.287, 23 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Philadelphia and Colorado are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.1 per game.
Offensively, the Rockies have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 5.9 during that stretch. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the NL with 9.2 hits per game.
The Phillies have a 15-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lyles takes the mound. Hamels (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 1-4 and 2-7, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
Philadelphia has won 36% (9-16) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Colorado has won 44% (7-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 3-17. The Phillies have a 4-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 26 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 12th with 46.
Ranking 12th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.04 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.16.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.645). Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .738.
The Rockies are 7-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 6-21 when they allow at least one homer.