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How To Bet On Phillies Rockies – Phillies Look To Open Second Half With Strong Series

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/11/2012 6:31:44 PM

It must have been disappointing for the home MLB betting fans when the Colorado Rockies reached the 2012 All-Star break tied for the worst record in the majors, but there couldn’t have been many that were shocked by the team’s struggles. The same certainly cannot be said about Philadelphia Phillies’ fans that expected their team to once again contend for a spot in the NLCS, only to see them reach the break in the basement of the National League East. The Phillies will look to turn things around in the second half with better play on both sides of the ball, and it will begin with the All-Star caliber arms at the top of their rotation this weekend.

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies
Friday, 8:40 PM ET

As far as surprises go, there was none from this Phillies’ roster bigger than the single win that Cliff Lee managed in 14 starts through the first half. After finishing with 17 wins in his first season with Philadelphia, Lee’s ERA has gone over a point higher to 3.98 and he is 1-5 on the season. Ironically, that win came in his last start before the break, which was also one of his best of the season, as Lee allowed just two earned runs over eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 9-2 win over the New York Mets. The Phillies are going to need Lee’s best stuff in the second half if they are going to have any chance at climbing out of their hole already 13 games below .500, and while that may be a long shot, they should at least be able to open the second half with a win over Christian Friedrich and the Rockies.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies
Saturday, 8:10 PM ET

Another starter that disappointed in the first half is Vance Worley, who after finishing his breakout 2011 season at 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA, is already 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 2012. Worley has all of the tools to become one of the elite NL pitchers, but he is going to need to do a better job with his command and keeping focused on throwing one pitch at a time. Fortunately for Worley there should be some room for error in his first sports betting start of the second half opposite Jeremy Guthrie, who is 3-8 with a 6.05 ERA with Colorado this season. Guthrie put together a couple of solid starts before the break, allowing just two runs over six innings in his final two games, but the Rockies have lost eight of the last nine games he has appeared in and he could be due for a letdown.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies
Sunday, 3:10 PM ET

The one pitcher on the Phillies’ staff this season that has not disappointed is Cole Hamels, and he will get the chance to close out this series sweep when he gets the call for Sunday’s afternoon matinee. Hamels is 10-4 with a team-best 3.20 ERA, and he’s given Philadelphia at least six innings of quality work in 16 straight starts since his opening appearance. Fortunately for the Rockies they have a starter who has been hot enough of late that he might be able to match Hamels. Drew Pomeranz has thrown 12.1 straight shutout innings since being recalled from Triple-A, and if the Rockies’ bats get going they could spoil the Phillies’ online betting party.

MLB Betting Pick: Colorado Rockies

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