Brandon Marsh will be looking to extend his 16-game on-base streak as the Philadelphia Phillies (8-12) host the Colorado Rockies (6-14) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. The Rockies took Thursday’s series opener 5-0.
Starter Ryan Feltner threw 5.2 scoreless innings – striking out six – for the win. C.J. Cron was 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs, and two RBIs in the win over the Phillies. Mike Moustakas added a double and one RBI.
ON THE MOUND
Noah Davis (0-0, ERA) is in line to start for Colorado. The RHP threw five scoreless innings in his last start, a 1-0 road defeat against the Mariners on Sunday. He yielded three hits while striking out five and walking three in the no-decision.
Righty Aaron Nola (1-2, 7.04 ERA) takes the mound for Philadelphia. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Rockies. Nola made one start against the Rockies in 2022, throwing 5.1 innings in a 4-1 road defeat on April 18.
He gave up six hits and walked one, while striking out four in the loss.In his last start on Sunday, Nola got the win on the road against the Reds. He threw six innings and gave up three runs (2 ER) on five hits, striking out four and walking three in the 14-3 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Colorado has averaged only 2.8 runs a game, down from their season average of 3.9, while performing worse across the board (.213/.291/.341).
Against righties like Nola this season, the Rockies have a .710 OPS. Elias Diaz is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a 1.081 OPS in 44 at-bats.
Philadelphia is averaging 5.2 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 4.4 for the season. The Phils have a .788 OPS against right-handers in 2023, fourth highest in MLB. With a 1.158 OPS over 43 at-bats, Marsh has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Colorado is 3-7 away from home in 2023, scoring 3.2 runs per game while allowing 4.7 runs. Philadelphia has lost three in a row at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phils are 3-4 at home this season, averaging 4.7 runs per game while surrendering 4.1. In the last 10 meetings at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 5.4-4.0.
The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, five games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Phillies are fourth in the NL East, six games behind the Braves.
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