The Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies square off on Thursday with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Austin Gomber will throw for the Rockies coming off a strong performance, and the Phillies will give the ball to Zack Wheeler, who is off to a rough start this season.
Colorado will look to avoid a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon, and the first three games of this series have not been all that competitive. Gomber has a 4.20 ERA through three starts and threw 6 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts in a victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. The Rockies have the second highest batting average in the league, and CJ Cron has ranks second in home runs (7) an third in RBIs (18).
Philadelphia has outscored Colorado 25-8 in the first three games of this series as they give the ball to Wheeler, who is looking for more success on the mound. He will make his fourth start with an 8.53 ERA, coming off a performance where he allowed 4 earned runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts over 5 innings in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies have a good offense with the third best batting average, and Nick Castellanos will look to extend his hitting streak to eight games on Thursday afternoon.
Rockies vs. Phillies
Pitchers: Austin Gomber vs. Zack Wheeler
First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET
Rockies local broadcast: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Phillies local broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Moneyline odds: Phillies -195, Rockies +165
Picks & predictions
Moneyline pick: Phillies -195
You’re not getting much of a return with this bet, but there’s a great chance Philadelphia completes the four-game sweep. Wheeler is not throwing well early on, but he has a significant sample size of being an elite pitcher including last season when he finished second in the Cy Young voting.
Player prop pick: Zack Wheeler U5.5 strikeouts (+120)
Zack Wheeler hasn’t gone too deep into games this season due to ineffectiveness, but he also seems to be on a bit of a pitch count early on. He has yet to throw more than 5 strikeouts in any of his three starts and will go up against a Rockies offense that strikes out 7.7 times per game, the fifth fewest in the MLB.
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