Colorado Rockies (56-80) at Philadelphia Phillies (66-71)
Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73) vs. Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)
Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank ParkWeather: Mostly Sunny, 87TV: Comcast SportsNetMedia: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies and Rockies open up a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies have struggled more than the Phillies have this season. It hasn’t helped that Troy Tulowitzki has been out most of the season due to injury.
Jeff Francis has more wins than Cliff Lee, but his ERA is just over two points higher than Lee’s. Francis doesn’t walk too many guys; in 86.1 innings, he only has 18 walks. All the damage comes off the bat, as he’s allowed 110 hits in those innings. That’s 11.5 hits per nine innings. With all the strikes he throws, the Phillies need to come out swinging.
Lee has been red hot lately. In his last four starts, he has a 1.91 ERA. In those 28.1 innings, he struck out 31 and walked just two.
Who else is red hot? John Mayberry. Mayberry is ba...