The Phillies have won five of six so far on their 10-game trip, getting their record over .500 for the first time this season. Philadelphia took two of three in their series against the San Francisco Giants this week, after sweeping Arizona last weekend.
Despite their success, the Phillies come into the game with a questionable bullpen, after closer Billy Wagner missed Thursday’s 4-3 win with a sore groin. Wagner had warmed up to come into the game in the ninth inning, but he felt a pain in the groin and shut it down.
With slugging first baseman Jim Thome already nursing a sore thumb, the Phillies will eagerly await news on Wagner’s status. The lefty, who has had a history of groin problems, said his groin hurts more than it has in years.
Even after his injury, Wagner was encouraged by his team’s performance without him on Thursday.
“That’s a good sign,” he said. “It’s great we have the talent on the team to overcome all this.”
The Rockies, meanwhile, have been slumping, with losses in five of their last seven. Colorado dropped two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates this week, surrendering 17 extra-base hits and 31 runs over the three games.
“They just put a thumping on us for three days,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Colorado did manage a split in their doubleheader against Pittsburgh on Thursday, after getting rained out Wednesday night. The Rockies took a 7-5 win in the opener, before dropping the nightcap, 11-2.