Monday, May 26, 2014

Phillies hope to turn things around against Colorado

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
May 26 2014, 3:00pm EDT.
@Philabaseball

PHILADELPHIA - Including Sunday's no-hit loss to Josh Beckett and the Dodgers, the Phillies have been shutout six times in the month of May.

"It sucks," said outfielder Ben Revere. "We are a better team then we've shown, for sure."

The Phillies open a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park as Kyle Kendrick hopes to snap a career-worst 10-game losing streak. Ironically, the Phillies have been shutout in five of those 10 loses.

Kendrick enters Monday with an 0-5 record over nine starts this season. He's sporting a 4.53 ERA

The Rockies come to Philadelphia after dropping two-of-three in Atlanta and sit 5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West.

Monday's starter, Jhoulys Chacin, has faced the Phillies six times - four as a starter - and is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA. For the year he's 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA over four starts.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leads the National League in batting average (.375), OBP (.480), SLG (.725), OPS (1.205), runs scored (45) and total bases (116).

Franco on the way? General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted Sunday the organization is "kicking around" the idea of promoting Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The third baseman is the No. 1 prospect in the Phillies organization, according to Baseball America.

Phillies lineup: Revere 8, Rollins 6, Utley 4, Howard 3, Byrd 9, Brown 7, Ruiz 2. Hernandez 5, Kendrick 1.

Rockies lineup:  Blackmon 8, Cuddyer 9, Tulowitzki 6, Gonzalez 7, Rosario 2, Morneau 3, Rutledge 4, Culberson 5, Chacin 1.

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