Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Series Preview: Colorado at Philadelphia, 8/4-8/6

The Wild Card leading Colorado Rockies (58-47) come to town to begin a 3 games series with the Phillies (59-44) tonight. The Phillies were 14-3 at home in July, but just ended a 3-4 road trip. The Rockies have won 4 straight road contests, but have lost their last 4 regular season games in Philadelphia. Below is a look at pitching match ups and other notes.


Tuesday, 7:05pm. Jason Hammel (5-6, 4.66 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (10-7, 5.32 ERA). Hammel has never faced the Phillies. The Rockies have lost Hammel's last 3 strats, scoring 2 total runs in those 3 games. Hammels is 4-3 on the road with a 2.67 ERA. Take away Hammel's last start (when he gave up 5 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings at the Mets) and Hammel's road ERA is 1.93 this season. Moyer in his career against Colorado is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 5 starts. Moyer's ERA over his last 3 starts is 1.93. Moyer has won 6 of his last 7 starts. Ryan Spilborghs is 4-for-9 in his career against Moyer with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI.

Wednesday, 7:05pm. Jorge De La Rosa (9-7, 4.68 ERA) vs. "Jay" Happ (7-2, 2.97 ERA). In his career against the Phils, De La Rosa is 0-2 with an 8.79 ERA in 5 games. On the road this season, De La Rosa is 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA. In July, De La Rosa was 5-0 in 6 games, with a 2.50 ERA in 36 innings pitched. Happ is 3-1 with a 4.47 ERA in 13 home games this season. In his last 8 starts, Happ's ERA is 2.45.

Thursday, 1:05pm. Aaron Cook (10-3, 3.88 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (1-0, 1.00 ERA- NL, 8-9, 3.02 ERA- overall). In his last 11 starts, Cook is 7-0 with a 3.01 ERA. Cook is 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA in 8 regular season games against the Phillies. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are a combined 13-for-33 (.393 avg) with 2 homers and 13 RBI against Cook. Lee has won his last 4 starts with a combined ERA of 1.36.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a 9 games hitting streak going. During the stretch, he is batting .517 (15 for 29) with three homers and 12 RBI.

Brad Lidge, in his career against the Rockies, is 1-1 with 2.84 ERA in 19 games.

Jayson Werth is a .322 career hitter (19-for-118) against the Rockies with 11 doubles, 4 homers and 19 RBI in 32 games.

Rockies team batting avg- .257
Phillies team batting avg- .260

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