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Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (39-67) at Colorado Rockies (62-47)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)

Vincent Velasquez (2-6) (4.91) vs. Kyle Freeland (11-7) (3.63)

The Line: Colorado Rockies -155 / Philadelphia Phillies +135 --- Over/Under: 12 See the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies face off in game one of their three game weekend set from Coors Field on Friday.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to bounce back after being swept by the Angels, including a 5-4 loss in the series finale on Thursday. Nick Williams led the charge, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and two RBIs while Freddy Galvis accounted for the Phillies’ other two runs in the loss. Cesar Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a double while Tommy Joseph, Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco and Hyun Soo Kim each added a base hit in the losing effort for the Phils. Jerad Eickhoff gave up three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Luis Garcia notched his 3rd blown save of the year, also taking the los to fall to 1-2 this season. Vince Velasquez will start the series opener and is 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Velasquez is 1-0 with a 4.60 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Rockies will try to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games, including a 5-4 series finale win over the Mets on Thursday. Charlie Blackmon and Mark Reynolds each hit a solo home run, while it was Blackmon who went 3 for 4 at the dish with a double as well. DJ LeMahieu added a two-bagger and an RBI of his own, as did Nolan Arenado. Gerardo Parra put up a run on the board as well to round out Colorado’s offensive output in the win. Jonathan Lucroy added a pair of base hits as well in the winning effort for the Rockies. German Marquez gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Pat Neshek notched his 4th blown save of the year, while Greg Holland ended up with the win, improving to 2-1 this season after striking out a pair in a scoreless 9th inning. Kyle Freeland will get the nod in game one and is 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. This will be Freeland’s first career start against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is 6-16 in Velasquez’s last 22 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 against the NL West while the over is 5-1 in Velasquez’s last 6 road starts. Colorado is 4-1 in Freeland’s last 5 home starts and 7-2 in their last 9 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a right-handed starter. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

The problem with Velasquez is that as good of a pitcher as he is, he doesn’t get the support he needs to get wins, as is shown by his 0-4 record in his last eight starts, alternating losses and no decisions in that span. Freeland has quietly become the ace in this staff, leading the team in wins, ERA and WHIP. Gotta take the Rockies here behind Freeland for a win in game two. 

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