Philadelphia Phillies (15-23) at Colorado Rockies (13-20)
|Date & Time||Monday May 18, 2015, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies -105 / Philadelphia Phillies -105 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Philadelphia Phillies take their hot streak to Coors Field to battle the Colorado Rockies Monday.
The Philadelphia Phillies have looked lifeless for much of the season as they mired in the basement of the National League East. The Phillies are still last in the division but they have been playing their best baseball with five straight victories and first series sweep after downing Arizona 6-0 on Sunday. Sean O’Sullivan won for the first time in two years with five hits and two walks allowed over six scoreless frames. The Phils racked up eleven hits and four bases on balls with Maikel Franco connecting on a homer and triple with two runs scored and two RBI’s while Darin Ruf smacked a solo bomb. Philadelphia sends ace left hander Cole Hamels to the bump in game one of their series at Coors Field. Hamels has been at the top of his game in back to back outings where he allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out 17 over 14 frames.
The Colorado Rockies are struggling in a big way and are in dire need of a bunch of wins in the next month or risk becoming an afterthought in the National League West. The Rockies struggles continued in a 1-0 loss at rival Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Starter Kyle Kendrick overcame some control issues to give up the lone run on three hits and five bases on balls through sever innings that dropped him to 1-5. The offense mustered three hits and walked twice with Daniel Descalo going 2-3 with a pair of doubles while Nick Hundley doubled and walked. Jordan Lyles looks to bounce back from some recent struggles when he opposes visiting Philadelphia on Monday. Lyle’s has allowed a combined ten runs in consecutive outings on eleven hits and six BB in 12 innings.
Philadelphia are 7-21 in their last 28 road games and are 20-8 in Hamels' last 28 Monday starts while the under is 9-4-1 in Hamels' last 14 road starts. Colorado are 6-18 in their last 24 overall and are 6-18 in their last 24 games on grass while going 5-13 in their last 18 Monday games. The under is 5-2-1 in Hamels' last 8 starts vs. Colorado and Philadelphia are 36-15 in the last 51 meetings. I’m just going with the hotter team and crossing my fingers because the Phillies hot streak can’t last…