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  W: J. Gray (2-3)   L: J. Eickhoff (0-1)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE2:10 PM CT, April 21, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 28,287

Phillies look to escape Colorado with split -- and no more injuries

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Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Rockies have won four in a row against the Phillies, tied for their third-longest win streak versus Philadelphia all-time. The longest streak was a six-gamer that spanned the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
  2. The Phillies took two of three games from the Mets to improve their series record to 4-1-1 this season, which trails only the Rays (6-0-0) and the Brewers (5-1-0). Philadelphia has gone 3-2 on the road this season but has lost six of its last seven at Coors Field.
  3. Scott Kingery has made four starts for the Phillies this season. Across those four games, Kingery is slashing .556/.579/1.000 with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI. He has picked up at least three hits in three of his four starts.
  4. The Rockies have won three straight games after opening the season 3-12. Over their last three, they have averaged 5.7 runs while allowing an average of 1.3 runs after being outscored, on average, 5.2-2.8 over their first 15 games.
  5. Zach Eflin has fanned 18 batters and walked only one through three starts. The last Phillie to strike out at least 15 batters with one or fewer walks in his first three starts of a season was Cliff Lee in 2014 (15 K, one BB).
  6. Kyle Freeland has made three road starts and one home start this season. Across the three road starts, his ERA is 3.24 while he allowed seven earned in 5.0 innings in his one home start. The seven earned runs were the most he's allowed in any start in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/18/2019 thru 4/21/2019

The Philadelphia Phillies came to Colorado in first place and fairly healthy. They're hoping to get out of Denver without any more damage and some momentum.

Sunday is the final of a four-game set at Coors Field, and Philadelphia can salvage a split with another win. The Rockies cruised to a 6-2 win Thursday and then had a dramatic, 4-3 win in 12 innings on Friday night.

Charlie Blackmon followed his Friday walk-off homer (his first home run of the season) by going deep on the first pitch against Aaron Nola on Saturday (though the Phillies ultimately won 8-5). Blackmon is finding his stroke after slumping to start the season.

"We will look back at Chuck's home run as something that's really cool," Rockies catcher Tony Wolters told reporters after Friday's win.

The Phillies, on the other hand, put three players on the 10-day injured list before Saturday's game and are down to one shortstop.

Jean Segura (left hamstring strain) was placed on the IL retroactive to Wednesday, so he could return next Saturday but Scott Kingery (right hamstring) will be out until at least April 30.

Phil Gosselin was pressed into service at shortstop Saturday night and had a three-run double that put Philadelphia ahead 4-3 in the fourth.

"Gosselin is the only shortstop on our 25-man roster," Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. "We have options at any time to consider at Triple-A. When you're facing adversity and you're banged up it's a necessity that the guys that are healthy and strong step up and perform."

In addition, the Phillies placed right-handed reliever Victor Arano on the IL with right elbow inflammation that first flared up in Miami when Philadelphia had a three-game series there last weekend.

The Phillies will send right-hander Jerad Eickhoff to the mound on Sunday. He has appeared in one game this year, striking out six in four innings. He has zero wins, zero losses and zero earned runs allowed.

But he has 69 career appearances (66 starts) since 2015. He has faced Colorado four times in his career -- three of them starts -- and has been hit pretty hard. He has given up 16 runs on 29 hits in 18 total innings. He is 1-2 with an 8.00 ERA vs. the Rockies.

Eickhoff will face Colorado righty Jon Gray, who is coming off his best start of the season. Gray (1-3, 3.42) surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings against the Padres on Tuesday. After struggling much of last season he is looking for the consistency that made him Colorado's ace at one time.

Like Eickhoff, he is familiar with Sunday's opponent. He has started five games against the Phillies, and in two of his starts at Coors Field he is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA. Overall he is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA against Philadelphia.

The Rockies should have All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado back in the lineup Sunday, as well as outfielder Ian Desmond. Manager Bud Black kept both out of the starting lineup Saturday to give them rest.

Desmond didn't start two straight games before being in the lineup for Friday because of sore legs. He has also struggled against Saturday's starter Aaron Nola, fanning seven times in eight at-bats. He pinch hit in the eighth and had a sacrifice fly.

Arenado started slowly but hit homers in three straight games to start Colorado's five-game winning streak (which the Phillies ended Saturday). He had played in all 20 games before sitting out Saturday.

The Rockies have climbed closer to respectability after losing 12 of 13 games to start the season 3-12.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 21, 2019

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