Series Preview: vs Colorado Rockies

PHI: 25-16, 1st in NL East; COL: 22-18, 1st in NL West

When: May 18-19
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19) vs Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) vs Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89)

Broadcast Info
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Troy Tulowitzki: Tulo is arguably the best short stop in the game (Hanley Ramirez fans beg to differ). Tulo brings something special to a team. He’s a pure hitter with a lot of pop, he’s clutch, an exceptional fielder and a true team leader.

This season, Tulowitzki is struggling a bit despite leading the team with 11 homers and 27 RBIs. His .255 average is pretty low for a player of his caliber.

Overview: The Rockies are once again in the mix for the West along with being a top team in the NL. In an early leap-frog game with the Giants, the Rockies have the offense and solid enough pitching to hang in the division.

Their offense is sparked by Tulowitzki, veteran Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez. They also feature young bats Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera.

The Phillies have been struggling greatly. They are 7-8 in the month of May and have lost four straight. In their last 11 games, they are 4-7 with a .204 BA and 29 runs stemming back to the series loss at Atlanta.

You can blame a majority of the struggles in having guys like Wilson Valdez and Pete Orr playing second base, Michael Martinez, John Mayberry and Ben Francisco playing center and right field and Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz struggling greatly.

Then you have injuries to Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and Shane Victorino. The return of those three, all can happen within 2-3 weeks, will be huge for this Phillies struggling offense.

It’s a shame because it seems like ages since a Phillies starter walked away with a W. Hopefully Cole Hamels won’t have another good start wasted and Joe Blanton can pitch past five inning.

Go easy on us, Tulo and Co.

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