Series Preview: Phillies vs. Rockies

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Thursday, July 7th 6:40pm: Adam Morgan (1-6 6.31 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (6-6 5.85 ERA)

Bettis still remains in the rotation despite some struggles the last two months. With the way the Rockies offense has been going, this game will almost surely be a loss without a quality start, however, this is a home game and the Rockies are going against a pitcher who has also struggled. Morgan has come out of the bullpen his last two appearances, but will be making the start on Thursday. From a starters role he has struggled allowing 3 or more runs in all but one start. This game could see the Rockies offense coming to life.

Friday, July 8th 6:10pm: Vince Velasquez (7-2 3.34 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (5-4 4.81 ERA)

Jon Gray has steadily lowered his ERA since his first couple of starts and has pitched really well in his sophomore year. He will need to be good again as he faces the Phillies best pitcher. Velasquez did really well towards the start of the year, but has ran into some troubles more recently. While he hasn’t been terrible, his confidence is likely shaking and the Rockies need to take advantage of that. Velasquez has only faced the Rockies one other time so the sample size is small for both parties and this game could really go any way.

Saturday, July 9th 6:40pm: Jerad Eickhoff (6-9 3.30 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-3 3.03 ERA)

Anderson is still winless in his rookie year and that is largely in part to the Rockies offense not supporting him. Hopefully that will change with this game as Anderson deserves a win with how well he has been pitching. He faces Jerad Eickhoff who will be making his first appearance against the Rockies. He has pitched well this year for the most part, but coming to Coors Field is not always a pitchers dream. Depending on how the offense goes through the first two games, this could either be a game where Eickhoff shuts the Rockies down or where he comes into the game dreading what the offense could do to him.

Sunday, July 10th 2:10pm: Zach  Eflin (1-2 4.30 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (8-4 3.08 ERA)

The fourth game of this series caps the first half of the season. The Rockies hope to go out on a high note with a win of this series, but anything can happen. This game caps what is a series of young pitchers going against rebuilding lineups. The Rockies and Phillies are both teams that have a lot of great young players, but who may still be a couple years off of competing. While these teams may not be playoff contenders this year, it is very possible that these two teams could meet in the playoffs down the road.

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