Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (55-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Jon Gray (8-5) (4.34) vs. Jake Thompson (0-1) (12.47)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +131 / Colorado Rockies -141 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTRM, CSPH
Coming our way in MLB action on Friday, we’ve got a pretty good series looming between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies from Citizens Bank Park.
The Rockies are coming off a four-game set against the Rangers. Colorado lost the first three games by a combined five runs, and in Thursday’s finale, the Rockies roared back with five runs in the eighth on the way to a 12-9 victory.
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As for the Phillies, they finished up a three-game series against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Philadelphia dropped the first two games but won the finale 6-2 to prevent the sweep.
Taking the mound for the Rockies on Friday will be RHP Jon Gray. In his 20 starts and 8-5 record this year, Gray holds a 4.26 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 118.1 innings. Gray was destroyed his last time out against the Marlins, giving up 10 hits and eight earned in just 3.2 innings.
Good thing the Rockies have a great lineup at the plate. Carlos Gonzalez has 134 hits with 72 runs, 23 homers and 79 RBI. DJ LeMahieu has hit 130 times with 73 runs and 41 RBI. As for Nolan Arenado, he’s got 125 hits with 30 homers, 92 RBI and 85 runs.
On the other side, the Phillies will be bringing out RHP Jake Thompson for Friday’s game. Thompson was also beat up in his first MLB start on Saturday, taking the loss against the Padres with 4.1 innings pitched, seven hits and six runs. That gives Thompson an early 12.46 ERA with a 2.08 WHIP.
The Phillies have a few key hitters atop their order as well. Odubel Herrera leads the team on 120 hits with 61 runs, 12 homers and 39 RBI. Maikel Franco has hit 104 times with 20 homers and 66 RBI with his 46 runs. As for Cesar Hernandez, he’s got 110 hits with 42 runs and 27 RBI so far.
The Rockies are 8-3 in their last 11 games against the National League East, and 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games. Colorado is also 1-4 in Gray’s last five road starts, and 1-4 in Gray’s last five starts versus the NL East.
As for the Phillies, they’re 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 13-5 in their last 18 versus a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is also 1-4 in their last five home games against a right-handed starter and 4-0 in their last four games at home versus a team with a losing road record.
I feel like the Rockies just aren’t playing good baseball right now, and Philadelphia should be able to squeak a home game through against them—even with Thompson out there. I’ll take the Phillies.