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MLB: APR 21 Phillies at Rockies

But I can’t stand rocking when I’m in this place: Phillies vs. Rockies series preview

Can the Phillies finally win a series in Colorado?

The Phillies are hoping for better luck at Coors Field this year
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Based on their record, a series against the Rockies should be a good opportunity to pick up some wins. But then you see that the Rockies have been playing well recently. And then you remember that the Phillies have fared poorly at Coors Field in recent years. And all of a sudden, you have a tough series on your hands.

Colorado Rockies

Record: 16-22, Fifth place in National League West (Seven games back)

The last time they met

The Rockies visited Philadelphia a few weeks ago, and after dropping the first game, the Phillies took the next three.

Since then?

The Rockies have been on an upswing lately, going 8-2 in their last ten games. The turnaround has been sparked by the offense which has scored the second most runs in the National League in that time. The biggest hitting star has been rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar.

Who’s cold?

The Rockies’ strong offensive performance has not been due to Ryan McMahon. The third baseman has an OPS of .395 in the month of May.

The house of pain

The Phillies have fared poorly at Coors Field in recent years. They’ve gone 10-21 in Colorado the past ten years and haven’t won a series there since 2012 (although they did split four-game series in 2015 and 2016).

The Phillies’ struggles are ironic considering this faux pas by a Denver newspaper:

Some of that failure can be explained by some lousy Phillies teams, but it’s not like the Rockies have covered themselves in glory over the past decade either. In that time, the Rockies have zero division titles, and two Wild Card berths. Most years, they’ve finished in fourth or fifth place.

There’s reason to hope that this weekend will turn out differently. Aaron Nola will start on Saturday, and he has an acceptable 3.96 ERA at Coors. Friday’s starter has been even better.

And the third game will be started by someone making his 2023 debut...

The return of Ranger

Ranger Suarez will make his return to major league action, which should be a boon for a rotation that hasn’t consistently given the team quality innings. Based on how he’s looked in his minor league rehab, he should be able to hit the ground running.

The Rockies as an MCU villain

The Frost Giants

They come from a land of ice and snow and a trip there usually results in death. However, despite their impressive power, they’re usually defeated when they travel to other lands.

Non-Phillies thought

The NBA playoffs are weird. There seems to be no continuity from game to game, and just as one team looks like it’s taken control of the series, they play poorly in the next.

Considering how many times the Celtics turned the ball over and how poorly Jayson Tatum shot for most of the game (Do the announcers get a commission for every time they say his name?), they should have been blown out in game six. But the Sixers’ inability to make an open three-pointer (or a layup in some cases) and some agonizingly bad offensive possessions prevented them from closing things out.

I have no idea what to expect in game seven. The Sixers could pull a complete no-show and get blown out, or Tobias Harris could score 40 points and lead them to victory. Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Closing thought

When I’m optimistic about the Phillies, it usually goes poorly. But here goes anyway: The Phillies will get three quality starts this weekend and win the series.

Crazy eights

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