October 4, 2023

Series preview: Rockies at Phillies, September 9 – September 12


Photo by Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports

It’s understandable that the Phillies lost two out of three in Milwaukee, but the series loss didn’t help their postseason chances at all.

Now, one of the worst road teams in baseball in the Colorado Rockies will be coming to Philadelphia for a four-game series. If the Phillies want to catch the Atlanta Braves for the division title, they can’t afford to throw away this opportunity.

Here are a few things to look out for this series.

Last time they met

The Phillies dropped two of three in Colorado when they visited in late April.

Horrible on the road

The Rockies have been a very good team at home this season, playing to a .625 winning percentage in Colorado. Away from Coors Field has been a completely different story as they are 18-50 in road games, which is a .265 winning percentage.

As bad as that sounds, it’s somehow not even the worst road record in the division, as the Arizona Diamondbacks have been even worse.

When you’ve got an awful road team at your home stadium for four games, you need to win at least three of those games.

Must-win games as schedule doesn’t help

One reason the Phillies can’t afford to lose games is because the Braves’ schedule over the next week is not appear challenging.

Their next seven games are at home, and consist of one more game against the Washington Nationals, three against the Miami Marlins, and the Rockies.

While an easy game can often be anything but, the Phillies can’t count on getting much help.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Ranger Suárez (LHP, 6–4, 1.38 ERA) vs. Antonio Senzatela (RHP, 4-9, 4.16 ERA)
Game 2: TBD (bullpen game) vs. Germán Márquez (RHP, 11–10, 4.08 ERA)
Game 3: Zack Wheeler (RHP, 12–9, 2.91 ERA) vs. TBD
Game 4: Aaron Nola (RHP, 7–8, 4.57 ERA) vs. TBD

The numbers

Run Differential:
Phillies: -13
Rockies: -55

Runs Scored Per Game:
Phillies: 4.58
Rockies: 4.56

Runs Allowed Per Game:
Phillies: 4.67
Rockies: 4.95

Game times and Broadcast

  • Thursday September 9 at 7:05pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, 94.1 WIP
  • Friday September 10 at 7:05pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, 94.1 WIP
  • Saturday September 11 at 6:05pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, 94.1 WIP
  • Sunday September 12 at 1:05pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, 1210

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