Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/20/2014
Sunday, April 20, 4:10 PM on FSAZ, SNLA
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Philadelphia - Hernandez, R (1-0) vs. Colorado - Nicasio, J (2-0)
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Philadelphia is just 1-2 in Roberto Hernandez' starts but the pitcher has thrown well, giving up less than 4 hits in 2 of the 3 while striking out 17 in 16 1/3 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in his most recent outing against Atlanta but the teams allowed a combined 12 runs in the 8th and 9th for a no-decision.
Due in part to a career spent in the AL, Hernandez only has a lengthy history with two Rockies players, former Twins Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau. Both have had limited success with Cuddyer hitting .239 in 46 AB and Morneau .290 in 31 AB.
Juan NiCasio has been a big reason the Rockies are staying in the hunt thus far in the NL West race. The 27-year-old right-hander is 2-0 through 3 starts, all of which Colorado won. NiCasio has allowed under 2 runs in two of those 3 starts and has a season ERA of 3.50. His last outing was a mini-gem, giving up 2 runs through 6 innings in a hard fought 3-2 win over the Padres.
NiCasio made two starts against the Phillies last year, allowing 5 runs in start one and 2 in his second, both no-decisions. Nicasio allowed 14 hits in those 11.1 innings and tallied a 4.75 ERA. The Phillies roster has faced Nicasio only 38 times, getting 9 hits for a .237 average.
Philadelphia Betting Trends
Philadelphia is 9-7-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Philadelphia is -1.2
Colorado Betting Trends
Colorado is 11-6-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Colorado is +0.7
Injuries to Watch
03/28/14 P Cole Hamels Bicep 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 LF Darin Ruf Oblique 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Ethan Martin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Miguel Gonzalez Shoulder 60-day DL (3/21)
04/18/14 RF Michael Cuddyer Hamstring questionable
04/15/14 P Brett Anderson Finger 15-day DL (4/13)
03/28/14 P Jhoulys Chacin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado
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