Series Preview: Phillies (39-67) vs. Rockies (62-47)

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Friday, August 4th 6:40pm: Vince Velasquez (2-6 4.91) vs. Kyle Freeland (11-7 3.71)

With the Phillies coming to Coors, the Rockies have a series that they should be able to take, at the very least, two of three games. A sweep is certainly possible as well, but no matter what, the Rockies should win this series. They start the series with Freeland on the mound and despite being a rookie, Freeland has been extremely reliable. With Gray on the DL for a good stretch of the season, Freeland has stepped up as a stopper and pitcher who can give the Rockies six quality innings anytime he goes out there. With him on the mound and the Rockies offense playing well, this is a good way to open the series.

Saturday, August 5th 6:10pm: Nick Pivetta (4-6 5.42) vs. Jon Gray (3-2 5.52)

In the past couple of years, Gray has struggled with the first inning until he could get in a groove. This year it is more the third time through the lineup where he has struggled. Gray certainly has the stuff to get through seven innings, but it is just making the key pitches when he needs them. Going against the Phillies could be a good chance for a confidence boost for Gray, but he still needs a good approach to the game and needs to execute. He faces Nick Pivetta who has been a much more reliable pitcher in July, but now heads into a new month where he could either start on a high note or low note. The Rockies would love to get to him for an easy win, but he is a rookie that they have never faced before, so they will be going in blind.

Sunday, August 6th 1:10pm: Aaron Nola (8-7 3.16) vs. Jeff Hoffman (6-3 5.38)

If there was any game on paper that the Rockies were not favored in, this would be the one. Nola has been the Phillies best pitcher by far and is the team’s future ace. He faces off against Hoffman who has ace potential, but has struggled recently. Hoffman seems to be playing out much like a young Gray. Great potential, some rough innings that blow up starts, and strikeout stuff that gives him the ability to dominate a lineup. What Hoffman can do against the Phillies will remain to be seen, but hopes are high for the young rookie.

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