PHI: 68-39, 1st in NL East; COL: 51-57, 3rd in NL West
When: August 1-3
Where: Coors Field (Denver, CO)
Monday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61) vs Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52) vs Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (13-4, 2.44) vs Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.65)
Monday, 8:40, CSN
Tuesday, 8:40, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
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Player to Watch – Troy Tulowitzki: In the last 30 days (22 games), Tulo is hitting .356 with four homers and 18 RBIs. He brought his average up to a .289 while still leading the Rockies with 20 homers and 73 RBIs.
We all know Tulo is one of the best players in baseball so there isn’t any more I really need to say about him.
Series Overview: It’s only a day after the deadline and the two teams have a different approach heading into the final two months of baseball. One added a bat as they look to get back into the Fall Classic while the other parted ways with one of the best young pitchers in baseball as they throw in the towel on the season.
The Phils got a couple tastes of what newly acquired Hunter Pence can do for them while the Rockies will go their first series without Ubaldo Jimenez on their team.
It’s a series that’s lined up for another Phillies sweep on pitching alone. I won’t even factor in how well the Phils hit against the Pirates and are looking to keep that pace up as their eyes have widened with the opportunity at hand this season. Holding a six-game lead on the Braves has given the Phils so much confidence right now and that’s a good thing.
Todd Helton is having another strong season as he begins his bid for a spot in Cooperstown one day. Helton is leading the team with a .311 average while hitting 11 homers and 54 RBIs. He’s 56 homers shy of 400 in his career.
The Phils can’t sleep on Carlos Gonzalez either. He’s hitting .289 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs. The trio of Helton, Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a very dangerous one.