Chad Bettis (0-0, 7.20 ERA) and Aaron Harang (4-3, 2.02 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (13-22) and the Philadelphia Phillies (17-23) at Coors Field. The Phillies won the last game 4-3, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and ROOT-RM.
Bettis is 0-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his appearances against the Phillies, and goes up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is batting just .240 this season. Nolan Arenado (.281, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Harang is 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He is up against a quality Colorado offense which is hitting .262 this season. Ryan Howard (.252, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Colorado is a -116 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -638 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-7. Colorado has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 9.8 per game. Colorado's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.6 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Philadelphia has a 15-21 record and an overall money line of -359. Philadelphia is excellent at not striking out with just 6.8 per game, ranking second in the NL.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Rockies have an 11-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Harang takes the mound. Bettis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 12-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Under
The Phillies won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 5-7. The Phillies are 6-5 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 are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rockies have a 4-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-13. The Phillies have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 22 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 15th with 34.
Ranking 13th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.87 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.97.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.644). Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .722.
The Phillies are 6-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 4-14 when they allow at least one homer.