Colorado at Philadelphia Thursday MLB Betting Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 24, 2017 in

The Colorado Rockies (30-17) wrap up their midweek series against the Philadelphia Phillies (15-28) on Thursday afternoon. The Rockies took the first two games of the series by a combined score of 16-3 and have a three-game winning streak going. The Phillies have lost four straight and eight of their last nine as their lack of an offense is starting to wear on their pitching staff already. So, with that mind, let’s take a closer look at the latest betting prediction and game preview for this matchup.

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Colorado at Philadelphia Thursday MLB Betting Prediction

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:05pm ET
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Radio: Colorado / Philadelphia
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Pitching Matchup: Tyler Anderson (3-4, 6.00 ERA) (COL) vs Vince Velasquez (2-4, 5.98 ERA) (PHI)

Why should you bet on the Rockies?

When you look at Tyler Anderson’s record for the season, that 6.00 ERA is still pretty sizable. However, his first six starts produced a 1-3 record and an even more gargantuan 7.71 total. In his last three starts, he has gone 2-1 and posted a 3.06 ERA. He’s keeping the ball down and pounding his fastball inside for strikes. The Colorado offense is also enjoying the small dimensions of Citizens Bank Park, as Charlie Blackmon hit a pair of two-run bombs in Tuesday night’s 8-2 win over the Phillies. He has 38 home runs since this point in 2016, ninth in all of MLB, and he could unload again on Thursday afternoon. But if he doesn’t, the Rockies have plenty of other hot bats going.

Why should you put your money on the Phillies?

This is a tough argument to make. The Phillies have scored eight runs in their last five games, while giving up 30. Their starting pitcher for Thursday, Vince Velasquez, has not made it through the sixth inning in five of his eight starts this year. His last time out featured a rough handling from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his biggest problem is control. He averages 4.12 walks per nine innings, and almost 2 home runs per nine innings. While he fans 9.3 batters per nine — more than a hitter per inning — he leaves so many pitches up in the zone, and he walks so many batters, that he has a tough time lasting in games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think Vince Velasquez has a bright future in MLB if he can figure out his control issues, but I don’t see Philadelphia beating Colorado on Thursday. I predict a 7-4 win for the Rockies.