Philadelphia will play its second game in a three-game series at Coors Field on Saturday night. The Phillies entered the series off a win against San Francisco, while Colorado had won two in a row against Houston. They met for the series-opener on Friday night, but this story was published prior to that contest.
Phillies hanging around .500Philadelphia has been hovering around the .500 mark for the last 10 days. The Phillies took two out of three against St. Louis before losing their first two games against San Francisco. They salvaged that series with a 6-5 win in the finale on Wednesday. Andrew Knapp hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Phillies are now on a seven-game road trip that concludes in St. Louis next Thursday. They rank tenth in the MLB in team batting average, hitting at a .241 clip. Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Bryce Harper each have 20 hits through 17 games.
We made it to Friday!— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 23, 2021
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Segura is now out with a right quad strain that has placed him on the 10-day injured list. Shortstop Didi Gregorius was projected to return from a three-game absence on Friday night, though. They are going to face a Colorado pitching staff that is No. 16 in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.21. Right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola will make the start for Philadelphia on Saturday night. He threw the first nine-inning shutout of his career in his last outing, dominating St. Louis. Nola allowed just two hits and struck out 10 batters. He has cemented himself as the ace of the rotation.
Senzatela up-and-down in 2021Colorado went on a long losing skid several weeks ago, dropping seven consecutive games. The Rockies have bounced back nicely, winning three of their last four games heading into Friday’s series opener with Philadelphia. They swept a two-game set with Houston earlier this week, winning 6-2 and 6-3. This series wraps up an eight-game homestand at Coors Field. Colorado has been an average offensive team, listed at No. 16 in the MLB with a team batting average of .229. Second baseman Ryan McMahon leads the team with 19 hits and 10 RBIs, hitting at a .275 clip through 18 games. Shortstop Trevor Story has notched 18 hits and is batting .273.
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Left fielder Raimel Tapia has added 16 hits and has walked six times. The Rockies are going to be facing a Philadelphia pitching staff that is No. 15 in the MLB with an ERA of 4.17. Right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela will make the start for the Rockies on Saturday night. He has been up-and-down through his first four starts. Senzatela had a pair of short outings, but both of those blow-ups came against the Dodgers. He threw eight scoreless frames against Arizona and gave up two runs across 6.0 innings against the Mets.
- 0-5 in its last five games during game two of a series
- 1-5 in Nola's last six road starts vs. a team with a losing record
- 2-9 in Nola's last 11 road starts
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I like the scheduling spot for Colorado on Saturday night. The Rockies are wrapping up a long homestand and are comfortable playing in the altitude at Coors Field. Philadelphia is on a road trip and has lost in its last five game two’s of a series. Senzatela’s numbers also provide some value in this game. He has been blown up twice, but both of those outings were against the best lineup in baseball. Outside of those starts, he has been really solid. Nola is just 2-9 in his last 11 road starts and this is one of the toughest places to pitch at in the country.
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This should be a much lower scoring game than normal at Coors Field. Senzatela is comfortable at home and has gone under in his last six starts following a loss. He has also gone under the total in seven of his last eight starts on grass. Philadelphia’s offense is in the midst of a long road trip, so I think that could certainly be a negative. The Rockies have been going under all season, with 10 of their last 12 games against a right-handed starter going under the number. Nola is capable of shutting any team down, as shown in his last start.