The COLORADO and the PHILADELPHIA will both be gunning for a victory on 5/17/2019 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
COLORADO vs PHILADELPHIA
GAME: Colorado Rockies (20-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-19)
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 17 – 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains (Colorado), NBCS Philadelphia
PREDICTION: Rockies 5, Phillies 3
Oddsmakers currently have the PHILADELPHIA listed as -125 point favorites versus the COLORADO, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.
The Colorado Rockies haven’t been shy about adding to the workload of the scoreboard operator, erupting for 47 runs in their last six contests. The Rockies hope their high-octane offense remains in gear on Friday as they continue their eight-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are mired in a season high-tying three-game skid.
Trevor Story had a two-run single on Wednesday before exiting the eventual 6-5 loss in 10 innings to Boston with a bruised left knee. The 26-year-old hopes to be in the lineup versus Philadelphia, against which he went 5-for-15 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored as Colorado claimed three of the four games at Coors Field on April 18-21. Jean Segura missed that series with a strained left hamstring but returned with a flourish, going 21-for-71 in his last 17 games. The 29-year-old has gone deep in the first inning in Wednesday’s 6-1 setback to Milwaukee and Thursday’s 11-3 loss, improving to 17-for-34 with three blasts in the opening frame this season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jon Gray (3-3, 4.25 ERA) vs. Phillies LH Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.29)
Gray highlighted his 3-0 mark in his last five starts after scattering two hits over six scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on April 21. The 27-year-old boasts a 3-2 mark with a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in six career against the Phillies, although he is 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA at Citizens Bank Park. Gray has struggled with the home run ball, having been taken deep twice in a no-decision versus San Diego on Saturday and nine times in nine outings this season.
Irvin will be hard-pressed to improve upon his memorable major league debut, as he allowed one run on five hits and struck out five in seven innings of Sunday’s 6-1 victory versus Kansas City. “Cole Irvin has earned the opportunity to get additional looks,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “… In the upcoming start against the Rockies, we feel like, at this point, Cole Irvin gives us our best chance to win that baseball game. That’s why he’ll make that start.” The 25-year-old Irvin posted a 16-4 mark with a 2.51 ERA in nearly 200 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley since the start of 2018.
1. Philadelphia RF Bryce Harper is hitting .180 (9-for-50) with 20 strikeouts in May, although he went 6-for-18 with a homer and four RBIs in the previous series versus Colorado.
2. With Story’s status in doubt, the Rockies are expected to call up celebrated prospect IF Brendan Rodgers from Triple-A Albuquerque for Friday’s series opener, according to MLB.com, citing an unidentified league source.
3. Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins is 1-for-10 in his last three games heading into the tilt with Colorado, against which he went 6-for-18 in the previous series.
PREDICTION: Rockies 5, Phillies 3