Colorado gets a bit of a break with today’s opposing starter, after facing All-Star hurlers in its last two games. The Rockies fell to 2-6 on their 11-game road trip, which still has three contests remaining against the Phillies. “We take it one day at a time,” said manager Jim Tracy. “There is still some opportunity for us to salvage some of these before we get back home, and hopefully, we will not be damaged.” The club is now 20-29 on the road this season (-880) and the total is 20-27 O/U in those games. Colorado has bounced back nicely after suffering three or more consecutive losses, posting a perfect 5-0 mark this season (+580), but is still just 24-27 in this situation the last three years (-190). The offense needs to try to muster up enough offense to last the weekend, as they will receive a boost with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki expected to return to the club after the road trip.
Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is 15-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 19 starts this season, but is coming off a less than stellar performance last time out. He lasted a season-low 5.1 innings in Monday’s 9-8 loss at Florida, giving up a season high-tying six runs. The right-hander is 9-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 11 road starts and will be looking to help his club avoid a four-game losing streak for the first time since September 12-15, 2009. Jimenez went 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts against the Phillies in last year’s NLDS, as he looks forward to pitching at Citizens Bank Park again. “I love the fans in Philadelphia,” he said. “They’re on you even when you start to warm up.” He is 0-2 with a 8.40 ERA in three career starts in the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia has won five straight home games and has batted .316 during back-to-back wins. The Phillies picked up a 6-0 win last night, but the offense was still scuffling a bit, going 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position. “Today we put pressure on the other team, we had a lot of action on the bases,” said outfielder Raul Ibanez. The pitching staff hasn’t allowed a run in 20 consecutive innings dating back to Wednesday in St. Louis. The team is 6-4 after shutting out an opponent this season (+180) and a solid 19-12 in this spot the last three years (+260). It’s important to note with a week left in the month, Philadelphia is just a game under .500 in July (9-10, -310), which may signify an upcoming winning streak. The club has won seven of eight at home against Colorado.
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick is 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) this season and is making today’s start after being demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He gave up a career high-tying seven runs and career-high three home runs in Monday’s 8-4 loss at St. Louis. “My command was off all night,” Kendrick said. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA in five starts against Colorado, including giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings in a 9-5 loss at Colorado on May 10. Kendrick will be toeing the rubber for the ninth time at home, posting an even 2-2 mark and 5.79 ERA.
Bettors need to take notice of the Rockies 16-9 mark when the total is 8 to 8.5 in comparison to the Phillies being 6-14 in the same situation (-1,500). It’s also important to note that the over has cashed in both of Colorado’s games after being shut out this season.