MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies – June 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 1:05 PM ET
Moneyline: PHIL -135 | COL +125
Quick Pick: Colorado vs. Philadelphia Over 8 (Buy it down half point)
The Colorado Rockies will take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon in a National League matchup in the MLB. This game is being played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 1:05 PM ET.
This game will be played in some windy weather. The temperatures are expected to be around 80 degrees in the game with the humidity around 40%. The winds are going to be an issue in this game. They are expected to steadily blow at around 15 mph, with gusts reaching 20-25 mph blowing out to right field from centerfield. The left handed bats will have a very good advantage if they can get the ball into that right centerfield alley.
BetOnline has set the moneyline at Philadelphia Phillies -135 and Colorado Rockies +125, with the total for the over under play at 8.5 runs. This is the first series of the year between the Rockies and the Phillies, therefore there are no 2018 stats to report for this game.
Rockies Have Fallen From 1st To 4th Place In NL West In 6 Days
The Colorado Rockies have fallen from first place last Friday to fourth place just six days later. They have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games and have lost 5 games straight. The Rockies have pretty much hovered right above the .500 mark for the better part of the season but have now dropped under .500 and now 5 games back of the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rockies will be sending German Marquez to the mound on Thursday afternoon for his 14th start of the season. Marquez is 4-6 overall with a 4.79 ERA over 67.2 innings on the mound for Colorado. In his last start, he only lasted 4 innings and allowed 6 hits and 5 earned runs in his loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Marquez is a 16-14 career pitcher with a 4.57 ERA.
The Phillies are 34-30 overall and 21-11 at home. The Philadelphia Phillies started the season off strong, but have cooled off considerably since their fast start. They have gone 3-7 in the month of June and are four games above .500. They are currently in 3rd place in the NL East behind the Braves and Nationals and trail the division leading Atlanta Braves by 3 games.
Philadelphia is 21-12 at home, 14-18 after a win, 24-15 in non-divisional games and 20-15 as a favorite. Vincent Velasquez will take the mound on Thursday for the Philadelphia Phillies. Carlos Santana leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. Cesar Hernandez leads the team in runs with 43. Philadelphia is averaging 4.19 runs per game which ranks 22nd in the MLB. The Phillies are allowing 4.00 runs per game which ranks 8th in the MLB.
Rockies and Phillies Play Over Posted Total
The Rockies and the Phillies both have pitchers on the mound that have been hammered in recent starts. Both pitchers on the mound that have allowed large amounts of runs in recent starts. That will allow both the Phillies and the Rockies offenses to score runs in this game. Even if Velasquez allows half of what he allowed in his last game, that would mean that he would allow 5 runs. Knowing that Marquez is on the mound and Philly is playing at home, I would think that they will also post close to 5-6 runs in the game. That means this game should easily play over the posted total.
Pick: Colorado vs. Philadelphia Over 8 Runs for 2 units (Buy half point)