Philadelphia Phillies vs Colorado Rockies
Pick & Prediction 7-8-2016
MLB Odds: Rockies -130, 11
Game Time: Friday July 8, 8:10pm
The Colorado Rockies host the Philadelphia Phillies in game 2 of this 4 game series before the All Star break. The Rockies rolled to a 11-2 win as the Rockies covered at -169 and the Total went over 12.5 runs. The win Thursday night increased the Rockies winning streak to 5 games in the previous 5 meetings vs the Phillies.
Despite last night’s loss, the Philles have won 8 of 10 and tonight the Phillies give the ball to Vincent Valasquez to help their team rebound from a loss in the series opener. Valasquez is (7-2, 3.34 ERA) with 87 strikeouts. Valasquez, at his best, is an over powering pitcher with a high 90’s fastball and has the make up of a potential ace for the Phillies. All Star Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 96 hits and 3B Maikel Franco leads the team with 49 RBI’s and 17 home runs.
Including last night’s win, the Rockies are now 3-7 in their last 10 games all vs potential playoff teams in Toronto, LA Dodgers and the Giants. Offensively, Carlos Gonzalez leads Colorado with 103 hits, Nolan Arenado has 70 RBI and Trevor Story has 21 home runs. Jon Gray takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s first career game against the Phillies. The Rockies have been an offensive machine at home, but still they have a losing record here at Coors and that’s because their pitching is just horrendous at home as they have the worst home ERA in the league at 6.39.
- 7-0 in their last seven vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-1 in Velasquez’s last six starts vs. a team with a losing record
- 15-38 in their last 53 during game two of a series
- 0-5 in their last five games vs. a right-handed starter
Giving a look at the Phillies tonight with Valasquez on the mound. While Velasquez has struggled on the road this year, he still rates as the solid edge on the mound. Look for the Phillies to steal this one behind the much better pitching.
Pick: Philadelphia +120