Major League Baseball action on Wednesday evening and the National League West will square off with the National League East as the Colorado Rockies tangle with the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of their three-game set from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. The Rockies won five of the seven games between these teams last year. Pitching Probables: The Rockies will trot out Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.81 ERA) in this one and he will be opposed by Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76 ERA).
The Bad Rockies’ Pitching Has Shown Up Again
The Colorado Rockies had their issues on offense earlier in the year and the pitching was carrying them, but lately, it has been the other way around and that is the norm for the Rockies over the last few years. Prior to their game on Tuesday night, the Rockies went just 2-8 in their last 10 games and the reason for their struggles have all been on the mound. In those 10 games, the Rockies averaged a solid 5.70 rpg, but they also allowed 8.50 rpg in those games. The bad pitching has shown back up for the Rockies and they hope to get it back on track against a struggling Philadelphia offense. The Rockies lost on Sunday at home to the Diamondbacks by a score of 8-3 and taking the loss was Kyle Freeland, who allowed four ERs on four hits and four walks in 6.0 innings of work. He is now 6-6 with a 3.68 ERA on the year. Colorado will enter Tuesday’s game having lost four in a row and they were outscored 36-19 in those games. Colorado has averaged 3.94 rpg and has allowed 3.86 rpg on the road so far.
Tyler Anderson will get the call for the Rockies and he has gone 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 13 starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in eight starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 5-7 with a 4.94 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) on the road and 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in eight games (seven starts) during the month of June, while against the Phillies he has gone 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts, including 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts here at Citizens Bank Park.
Colorado has been an above average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.43 rpg, while also ranking 16th in hitting at .245 and 10th in homers with 78. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they are ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 4.86, while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.39 and 17th in K’s with 548. The pen for the Rockies ranks 27th in the league with a 5.22 ERA.
Phillies Are Looking To Get Their Offense Going
The Philadelphia Phillies have really been struggling of late as they will enter Tuesday’s game having lost seven of their last nine games and their offense has been big reason for their struggles. The Phillies will enter Tuesday’s game having averaged just 2.80 rpg in their last 10 games and they have done so on just .185 hitting. That is some sorry offense and they hope to get it going in this series against a Colorado team that has allowed a whopping 8.50 rpg in their last 10 games. The Phillies have also struggled on the mound of late as they have a 5.25 ERA in their last 10 games and that may not be good against a solid Colorado offense. Despite their struggles of late, the Phillies did pull to within 3.0 games of first in their division after beating the Brewers at home by a score of 4-3 on Sunday. Zach Eflin got the win after allowing just two ERs on three hits and one walk while striking out nine in 6.0 innings of work. He is now 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA on the year. Rhys Hoskins led the attack with two RBIs, despite going 0/3 in the game. The Phillies have averaged 4.77 rpg and they have allowed 3.61 rpg here at home so far.
Getting the nod for the Phillies will be Nick Pivetta and he has gone 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 13 starts on the year, including 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in seven starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 19 starts here at Citizens Bank Park and 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA in seven starts during the month of June, while against the Rockies he is 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in one start. That start was at Coors Field last year and he allowed eight ERs on eight hits in just 2.2 innings of work in that game, which he lost 8-5.
The Phillies have been a below offensive team so far as they come in ranked 22nd in the league in scoring, putting up 4.19 rpg, while also ranking 27th in hitting at .230 and 23rd in homers with 65. On the mound, they have been above average so far as they are ranked 12th in the league in ERA at 3.74, while also ranking 12th in WHIP at 1.24 and 12th in K’s with 565. The pen for the Phillies rank 14th in the league with a 3.83 ERA.
- 3-13 in Anderson’s last 16 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
- 3-7 in their last 10 during game two of a series
- 16-5 in their last 21 home games vs. a left-handed starter
- 12-5 in Pivetta’s last 17 starts on grass
The Rockies have played very well on the road this year, while the Phillies have played very well at home. The Phillies have been reeling a bit of late and it is due to their offense. The Rockies have pitched well on the road this year, but I see the Philadelphia offense waking up some in this one. The Rockies have not scored much on the road this year and Nick Pivetta has gone a solid 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in his home starts so far. Pivetta has struggled of late with a 5.79 ERA over his last three starts, but Anderson has a 5.00 ERA over his last three. The Phillies are 9-2 in Pivetta’s last 11 home starts, while the Rockies are just 12-25 in their last 37 games here in Philly and that clinches it for me.
The Rockies have seen their offense do good things of late, while their pitching has been horrible and we have two struggling pitching on the mound for this one. Sounds like a recipe for a high-scoring game, but not so fast my friends. The Phillies have been horrible on offense of late and the Rockies as a team has allowed just 3.86 rpg on the road. I know of Tyler Anderson’s struggles away from this year, but I just can’t see the Philadelphia offense coming out of their funk in this one. The Rockies have been better on offense of late, but they still have averaged just 3.94 rpg on the road and nick Pivetta has a solid 2.20 ERA here at home for the year. I will go with the Under in this one.