TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 16: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies takes a foul ball off his foot against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at The Rogers Centre June 16, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Can the Philadelphia Phillies reverse their declining fortunes with a visit from the Colorado Rockies?
Hard times have descended upon the Philadelphia Phillies. The team's disabled list reads like an All-Star ballot from seasons past, and winning has become seemingly impossible for a team that won 102 games last year. A visit from the Colorado Rockies, struggling themselves, could be just what the Phillies need.
Philadelphia has won only three of their last seven games and just four through the entire month of June. Colorado has had an equally frustrating month, winning only four games in June and just one of their last seven. The Phillies have won 20 of 24 games against the Rockies, including 11 of 13 at home.
Cole Hamels gets the start for Philly on Tuesday night. he did win his last outing, against the Twins, despite giving up six earned runs in six innings of work. In his last four starts, Hamels has allowed 18 earned runs, thanks in part to giving up six home runs.
Colorado will put Josh Outman on the bump. A reliever pressed into the rotation, his last outing was his longest at 5 innings. He surrendered five earned runs to Oakland in that game, which followed a three-inning start in which he gave up another five earned runs.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. It will be broadcast on PHL 17.