Two teams that are in the thick of the NL playoff race face off in a quick one-game series due to a rainout in May at Coors Field.
Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies
Philadelphia heads to Colorado to play a single game series due to a May rainout on Thursday night at Coors Field. The Phillies followed a three-game sweep of the Padres in San Diego by picking up two of three versus the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The team is 5-1 on its seven-game road trip and leads tonight’s opponent by 5 1/2 games in the NL Wild Card race. Overall, the club has posted a fantastic 11-2 record away from Philadelphia since the start of August. Their upcoming schedule of opponents has a combined .498 winning percentage over the final 29 games of the season and the Phillies will play 16 of those games at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia started the month off with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday and the team has compiled a fantastic 35-21 record in September over the last three years (+190).
The Giants are falling fast in the NL West standings and are hoping their ace can stop the slide.
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
San Francisco is praying that its two-time Cy Young Award winner can jumpstart the club, as the team has lost a season-high six games. The bullpen also needs an extended start by the rotation, as the unit has pitched 40.1 of the club’s last 96 innings. “We can use an extra arm right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. The Giants have had all kinds of trouble against division opponents, producing a 8-18 versus the NL West (-1,400). Tonight will be San Francisco’s second game of an 11-game, three-city trip, as the team has posted a 15-21 mark away from AT&T Park (-720). The lineup has scored three runs-or-fewer in 36 of its 78 games this year, but there are still seven other teams in that National League that have had more games in the category.
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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