Opening Moneyline: Rockies +130 / Phillies -150 O/U 7 runs
Game Time: 7 PM EST Wednesday May 18, 2011 on ESPN
The Phillies have lost 4 straight and the reason is their bats have fell silent only hitting .142 in that span. Philadelphia is still in first place in the tough NL East, but they only lead Florida by ½ game and Atlanta by 1.5 games. The number 3 and 4 hitters in the Phillies’ lineup of Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard are a combined 0-23 during the 4-game losing streak. The Phillies may break out of their hitting slump tonight facing the Rockies, who rank 19th in the Majors in team ERA.
The Rockies were in a big slump, but they have won their last 2 games and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Colorado is in first place in the NL West with a ½ game lead over the defending champion Giants.
In their last games the Phillies lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 and the Rockies beat the St. Francisco Giants 5-3.
The Phillies have won their last 4 home games against the Rockies.
This season the Rockies have an Over/Under record of 23-16-1 and a runline W/L record of 22-18 and the Phillies have an O/U record of 18-20-3 and a runline W/L record of 21-20.
Philadelphia is 13-7 at home this season and Colorado is 11-8 on the road.
On the mound for the Phillies tonight is LHP Cole Hamels (4-2 3.19 ERA), who in his last start gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings in a no-decision against the Braves. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (5-1 3.70 ERA) is on the hill for the Rockies tonight and in his last start he went 5 innings giving up 5 earned runs in a win over the Padres.
De La Rosa has really struggled against the Phillies with a 12.46 ERA in his last 3 stars against them (0-3) and he has given up 14 runs in his last 8 innings in losing both of his career starts at Philadelphia. Colorado is only 2-5 in De La Rosa’s last 7 road starts.
Hamels has an ERA of 4.50 in his last 2 starts, but Philadelphia is 6-1 in his last 7 starts. He may want to pitch around Rockies’ star Troy Tulowitzki (.255 11 HR 27 RBI), who is hitting .333 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in his last 5 games.
In some other betting trends for Game 1 of this NL match up:
Colorado is 0-4 in their last 4 road games, 1-7 in their last 8 road games against teams with a home winning percentage of greater than 60%, and has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter and has an Under record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 games.
Our Selection : Sure Hamels has pitched well this season and he hasn’t faced Colorado for 19 months. However, he has struggled versus the Rockies pitching 15.1 innings and allowing 14 earned runs. Colorado starter J. De La Rosa has fared even worse against the Phillies allowing 21 runs in 16.2 innings. Philadelphia’s bat wake up here.
Take Over 7 runs at Bodog.
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 5-19
The Giants beat the Dodgers last night 8-5 and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Bodog has the Dodgers as a -130 favorite tonight facing a Giants pitcher that has yet to win this season.
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