Looking to continue their impressive offensive outburst, the Phillies can complete a season sweep of the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs as they face the Rockies on Wednesday.
Philadelphia’s 2007 season ended with a three-game sweep to Colorado in the NL division series as it was limited to eight runs and 16 hits.
The Phillies (30-24) have had no such problems at the plate in winning all four games versus the Rockies (20-33) this season, totaling 44 runs and 54 hits. Following a 15-6 win over Houston on Sunday, Philadelphia defeated Colorado 20-5 on Monday and 7-4 on Tuesday.
Those 42 runs were two shy of the Phillies’ modern-day record for a three-game total. They had 46 hits in that span—19 for extra bases—and now will go for their first four-game winning streak of the season.
“It’s nice that I’m on this side,” Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick said after getting the win Tuesday with 7 1-3 strong innings.
“The guys are swinging well right now.”
This three-game stretch has seen Chase Utley hit two homers and drive in 10 runs while Pedro Feliz has gone 7-for-15 with seven RBIs. Feliz, batting .457 (16-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak, is 8-for-19 (.421) this season against Colorado and has driven in six runs in this series.
Table setters Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino also have keyed Philadelphia’s red-hot offense. Rollins has hit .365 in the last 14 games, stealing six bases and scoring 11 runs. Victorino has hit safely in nine straight games while going 16-for-39 (.410) with 11 runs and four steals.
Plus, Ryan Howard appears to have broken out of his season-long slump, with eight homers and 20 RBIs over the last 16 games while batting .295. His average — a season-low .163 on May 7—has climbed to .207.
“They have a good offensive club,” said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose lineup has not been nearly as effective due in part to injuries to Matt Holliday (hamstring), Brad Hawpe (hamstring) and Troy Tulowitzki (quadriceps).
Colorado has failed to score more than six runs in 17 consecutive games while batting .243.
The Rockies have lost five of seven, and are tied with San Diego for the fewest wins in the NL. Meanwhile, the league’s only team with more wins than Philadelphia is the Chicago Cubs (31).
Maybe Colorado’s lineup can break out against Phillies starter Adam Eaton (0-3, 5.37 ERA), who has won only once in his last 20 starts while opponents have hit .311 against him.
Eaton is 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his last four starts, but had a quality start in his most recent outing despite losing. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 4-3 defeat at Houston on Friday.
The right-hander is 8-12 with a 6.32 ERA in 25 career starts versus the Rockies, giving up at least four runs in all but one of his last 12 outings against them. No batter has faced Eaton more than Colorado’s Todd Helton, and he’s hit .379 (22-of-58) with six homers and six doubles in their matchups.
The Rockies counter with Greg Reynolds (0-1, 4.08 ERA), the second overall pick in the 2006 draft who is making his fourth major league start.
After throwing six scoreless innings versus Minnesota on May 17, Reynolds limited the New York Mets to a run and two hits through five innings on Friday before tiring. He allowed two homers in the sixth—his final inning—and would give up four runs and three walks overall. However, he also struck out five and allowed just four hits in the Rockies’ 6-5, 13-inning victory.