Eddie Butler (2-4, 4.24 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (14-22) meet Severino Gonzalez (1-1, 10.57 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (17-24) in the third of a four-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 6-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and will air on CSN-PHI and ROOT-RM.
In his most recent outing, Butler pitched 2.2 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking four in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. Gonzalez gets a strong Colorado offense that's batting .261. Freddy Galvis (.336, 17 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Colorado, a -136 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Philadelphia. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at 10 runs. The Rockies have a losing record of 3-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -738. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-1. The Rockies are a stellar hitting team with 9.0 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. Over their past 10 games, Colorado's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 3.9 runs per game, below their season average of 5.2.
Across the field, the Phillies have a record of 15-21 when they are the underdog and are -259 overall with the money line. Philadelphia has been playing better lately, averaging 3.9 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.1. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Philadelphia batters, who rank second in the NL with 6.8 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Billingsley (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have an 11-15 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Butler will take the mound against the Phillies, who have a 13-20 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Under
The Phillies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 6-7. The Phillies are 6-6 in close games this season.
When the Phillies play into extra innings, they have a 1-1 record. The Rockies are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are heading in with a 4-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 11-4. The Phillies have a 12-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 129 this season. Colorado ranks near the bottom at 28th with 141.
Ranking 30th, Colorado is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 73 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 98.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 11-9. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 7-10 record.