The Phillies have a chance of picking up their first-ever four-game sweep of the Rockies on Monday afternoon.
Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies
Colorado fell to 2-8 on its current road trip after a 4-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies have dropped to fourth place in the NL West standings and trails the Padres by 7.5 games. The offense left 12 men on base Sunday and were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. “You don’t put yourself in a favorable position when you strand 12 runners,” manager Jim Tracy said. Part of the problem this season has been the lineup’s ineffectiveness with runners in scoring position and two outs, hitting .223 in the situation this season, which ranks 13th in the league. Colorado is 19-16 during day games this season (+160) with the total being 11-23 O/U in those games.
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The Rockies are a difficult team to deal with at home especially during the month of July.
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
San Francisco earned an 11-8 come-from-behind victory last night over Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez at Coors Field. The club has still lost nine of their last 11 games, but finally broke over the three-run barrier. During the team’s seven-game losing streak, the offense failed to score more than three runs over that span. “After losing so many in a row, we weren’t going to roll over and die,” said outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Closer Brian Wilson continues to shut the door when given the opportunity, picking up his 22nd save of the season last night. The Giants stand at an even 15-15 during the day this season (-260), with the total going 11-16-3 (O/U) in those contests. The offense is batting .251 in the afternoon in 2010, while combining to hit just .225 over the past seven games.
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The Rockies are gaining revenge for a World Series loss against the Red Sox, as they look to complete a interleague sweep.
Boston Red Sox at Colorado Rockies
Boston lost its fourth straight road game on Wednesday night in deflating fashion, with closer Jonathan Papelbon serving up a walk off home run. “Just fell behind and had to throw another flat fastball across the zone,” said Papelbon. The bullpen came into last night’s contest with a 2-0 record and 1.24 ERA in its previous 10 games. The Red Sox can just hope to avoid being swept on Thursday night, as its streak of winning nine straight interleague series is over. Boston ranks fourth all-time with a 137-106 interleague record and leads the Majors with a 92-48 mark since 2003. The offense has banged out 10 or more hits in six of its last eight games and nine of 11 since June 10, during which the club is batting .317 with 76 runs scored.
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The Rockies are a game below .500, and they haven’t exactly been the model of consistency this year, but there sure are reasons to be optimistic. The biggest reason for that is something that hasn’t been a strength for them for a long time – their pitching. They obviously have Ubaldo Jimenez – the second best pitcher in a ridiculous strong cast of National League pitchers so far this year. His ERA is a ridiculous 0.93, and he has been absolutely ferocious. He has lost just once, and that was in a seven inning, one run game in which his team totally let him down offensively. I expected him t be very good this year, and he has exceeded all expectations.
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