Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.30 ERA) and Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.53 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (13-21) and the Philadelphia Phillies (16-23) at Coors Field. The Phillies come into this series riding a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 18 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and ROOT-RM.
Lyles is 1-0 with a 2.74 ERA in his appearances against the Phillies, and goes up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is batting just .238 this season. Hamels is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He takes on a quality Colorado offense which is hitting .262 this season. Ryan Howard (.244, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Philadelphia is a narrow -108 favorite over Colorado. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently nine runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -538 and a record as the underdog of 10-13. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 2-6 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. 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.
As for their opponent, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -359 and a disappointing record of 1-2as the favorite. Philadelphia is excellent at not striking out with just 6.9 per game, ranking second in the NL.
The Rockies have a bad 2-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hamels takes the mound. Lyles (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
After last game's shutout win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phillies now have two shutouts this season. The Rockies have been shut out in two 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 off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 6-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 11-4. The Phillies have a 12-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 120 this season. Colorado ranks near the bottom at 28th with 132.
Ranking 30th, Colorado is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 68 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 95.
The Rockies are 10-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 7-10 when they hit at least one homer.