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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick 8/22/13

Colorado Rockies (59-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (56-70)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Chad Bettis (R) (0-2) (5.303) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (10-10) (4.364)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -124 / Colorado Rockies +114 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, PHL 17

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies face off on Thursday in Philadelphia as they close out their series.

The Phillies have had a miserable season, but they showed heart on Wednesday, battling to get the win. On Wednesday Darin Ruf, Erik Kratz, and John Mayberry each had two hits as the Phillies scored four runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee allowed nine hits and two runs while striking out six over 7.0 innings for a no decision as Jake Diekman got the win to go to 1-3 on the year. For Thursday’s game the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick, who has lost four of his last five starts. For the season Kendrick has allowed 173 hits and 75 earned runs with 90 strikeouts for a 10-10 record and a 4.36 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick 8/22/13

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The Colorado Rockies have struggled on the road for quite some time and we saw it again on Wednesday, as they were unable to hold on. Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer, and Nolan Arenado each had two hits as the Rockies scored three runs on 11 hits. Juan Nicasio allowed seven hits and two runs, one of them earned, and he struck out three to get a no decision as Rafael Bteancourt blew the save and took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season. For Thursday’s game the Rockies start Chad Bettis, who has yet to win this season. For the year Bettis has allowed 21 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out eight over 18.2 innings for a 0-2 record and a 5.30 ERA.

Philadelphia is 7-22 in their last 29 games overall, 5-9 in their last 14 home games, and 1-4 in Kendrick’s last five starts. Colorado is 26-57 in their last 83 road games, 2-13 against the NL East, and 1-7 in their last eight road games against a right-handed starter. Colorado is 5-18 in their last 23 games in Philadelphia.

We should see plenty of scoring here and for my first free pick I like the over. My second free pick is on the winning side and I will give that Free Pick out on Thursday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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Over 9

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