Colorado Rockies (20-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-19)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 7:05 PM (Citizens Bank Park)
Line and Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -1 1/2 — Over/Under: 9
FREE MLB PICK Philadelphia Phillies vs Colorado Rockies
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build on their lead in the NL East as they face the 4th Place NL West Colorado Rockies Friday night in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies enter the second part of their home and home series facing off the Colorado Rockies coming off three straight losses at the hand of the Milwaukee Brewers in their four-game series. The Phillies send Cole Irvin to the mound in his second start of his young MLB career. The 6’4 Oregon product delivered a seven-inning performance against the Kansas City Royals in his first outing of the season, allowing only one run while including five strikeouts and the win. The 25-year-old managed himself very well in the match up, throwing just 76 pitches through his first six innings on the mound. Irvin will have to continue to be smart with his placement and pitch choice. He’s not much of a power thrower as his fastball sits in the low 90 range. However, after the phenomenal first appearance against Kansas City, Philly fans have plenty to be excited about for their young pitching core and the team’s future.
At the plate the Phillies have averaged 4.3 runs per game in their last 10 match ups, however they were outscored 22-6 in their last three games, all against the Milwaukee Brewers. Last game alone the Phillies were able to gather 3 runs on 4 hits in an 11-3 loss to the Brewers to finish the series. Jean Segura continued his impressive season going 1 for 4 with a home run that brought in another run. The shortstop is batting .312 on the season. The Phillies actually have had quite an impressive batting team, with four regular starters batting above .270 but, sitting at .244 total, the team ranks just 18th in the MLB. However, the team also is ranked 13th in the MLB in on base percentage at .329.
The Colorado Rockies enter Friday night’s match up winning 5 of their last ten games and will rely on RHP Jon Gray to get the victory. Gray currently sits at 3-3 on the season and was given the no decision in his last outing where he gave up three runs in six innings against the San Diego Padres. Despite Gray’s .500 record, the pitcher hasn’t had a loss in his last five outings, three of which were wins for the pitcher, and four of them were wins for the Rockies. Gray entered the season with massive expectations to be the teams ace for the season and while he may not meet those expectations he has come into his own as of late and solidified his spot as the third guy in the starting rotation that looks to be a strength for the Rockies moving forward.
The Rockies are working on a day of rest as they come from Boston where they split the two game series in cross-conference play, however they lost the latest game 6-5 in a 10 inning battle that ended on a Michael Chavis walk off single. The Rockies didn’t just lose on the scoreboard but also lost shortstop Trevor Story who suffered a leg injury after a collision with teammate Raimel Tapia who claimed to be fine when asked about if he suffered any injuries in the crash. Story told press that he is not too badly hurt but wants to play it safe so it is uncertain if he will be playing Friday night. To prepare for Story’s potential absence, the Rockies have recalled prospect Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies 2015 first round pick who is considered to be the 10th best prospect in baseball according to MiLB rankings. Colorado currently sits at 14th in the rankings for team batting average at .249, lead by star third baseman, Nolan Arenado. The Rockies bats have been working as they average seven runs a game in their last five match-ups. If they intend on winning against the Phillies, the bats will have to continue to be doing work in Friday’s battle at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Cover The Spread 365 MLB Betting Trends:
Average 4.3 runs per game in last 10 games.
5-5 in last ten match-ups
O/U/E record in last 10 match-ups: 4-3-2
Average 7 runs per game in last 10 games.
5-5 in last ten match-ups
O/U/E record in last 10 match-ups: 3-5-2
Free MLB Prediction Colorado Rockies vs Philadelphia Phillies
For Friday’s match-up I predict the over on the projected 9 runs, both teams have been hot in terms of scoring runs and I expect this game to show more of that. In terms of prediction with spread I’ll take the Phillies winning with the odds against them, I believe that Irvin won’t come out as dominant as the first outing but will still manage to keep the Rockies in check while the Phillies take advantage of Gray.
PICK: Philadelphia Phillies -1 1/2