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Game 48 Open Thread: Rockies @ Phillies

Rock Bottom! (?)

Mike Zarrilli

So, the good news is that it's statistically unlikely that the Phillies will get no-hit again tonight.

The bad news is that they'll have to probably get more than one hit themselves against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies, long goliaths in their own home in Coors Field, are hitting at least competently on the road, at 17th in baseball with a 92 wRC+. If you're wanting a comparison for that number, the Phillies are hitting for an 84 wRC+ at home, good for 25th in baseball. *cough*

So they have a puncher's chance, especially against near-5-ERA starter Jhoulys Chacin, but the Phillies will be throwing out their own anti-ace in Kyle Kendrick, whose ERA has risen comfortably above 4 itself. Furthermore, if you were thinking the Phillies might miss world ender Troy Tulowitzki after his ankle injury last night, think again: the Rockies' lineup is at full strength.

So, hey, it's Memorial Day: let's hope for some fireworks, yeah? I'll eat my hat if we don't see at least one dinger. Discuss what seasonings would make that most palatable below.

Today's Lineups

C. Blackmon - CF Ben Revere - CF
Michael Cuddyer - RF Jimmy Rollins - SS
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Chase Utley - 2B
Carlos Gonzalez - LF Ryan Howard - 1B
Wilin Rosario - C Marlon Byrd - RF
Justin Morneau - 1B Domonic Brown - LF
Josh Rutledge - 2B Carlos Ruiz - C
C. Culberson - 3B Cesar Hernandez - 3B
Jhoulys Chacin - RHP Kyle Kendrick - RHP