Series Preview: Rockies (28-17) vs. Phillies (15-26)

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Monday, May 22nd 5:05pm: Jeff Hoffman (1-0 5.40) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (0-4 4.53)

Two young righties square off in the series opener of the Rockies and Phillies. With the Phillies not doing well and the Rockies at the head of the division, this is a series that could very well end up a sweep or three win series for Colorado, but they must not underestimate the Phillies. They have young, capable pitchers and an offense that can go off, but they will have to face off against a confident Rockies team, both on the mound and at the dish. Hoffman takes game one for his second start of the year and he will try and earn a quality start to give the Rockies some bullpen relief.

Tuesday, May 23rd 5:05pm: German Marquez (2-2 4.34) vs. Zach Eflin (0-1 4.25)

German Marquez has shown to be really able to shutdown lineups and he has been great in every start past his first one. Citizens Bank Park is not a pitcher park, so Marquez will have that going against him, but he also pitches at the worst pitchers park in the league, so he should not be intimidated. He takes on Eflin who has been solid, but is not really getting the support to back his record, taking only one decision which was a loss.

Wednesday, May 24th 5:05pm: Tyler Chatwood (3-6 5.09) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (5-1 3.44)

In a staff full of young guys, Chatwood was supposed to be the rock and veteran to help the young guys grow. However, he is currently looking like the odd man out with Jon Gray on his way back. He is definitely the least flexible as far as options go for the staff and that may be his only saving grace, but he needs to step up if he wants to remain with the staff. His inconsistency has been killer this year and if there was one game in this series that looks like it favors the Phillies, it is this way. Hellickson has been the best Phillies starter thus far and with him facing the Rockies worst pitcher, there may need to be some luck for the Rockies to come away with this one.

Thursday, May25th 11:05am: Tyler Anderson (3-4 6.00) vs. Vince Velasquez (2-4 5.98)

Two pitchers with some high ERAs face off in the series finale of a four game set. While Velasquez has been on and off all year, Anderson has been steadily getting better as the year goes on. He is starting to figure things out and has been drastically better in May than he was in April which is a great sign for the Rockies. He was supposed to be the number two this year, but has been the second worst pitcher instead, behind only Chatwood. He still has a high upside and he is not even close to being sent down, but the Rockies would love to see him return to his 2016 form and win this series for them.

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