The Rockies have the best record (35-32) of any team the Phillies face this month, but they are now without Troy Tulowitzki and possibly Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler, as well.
Gonzalez was struck by a foul ball while in the on-deck circle and left in pain. He's day-to-day with a left foot contusion. His left leg has had tendinitis since spring training.
Fowler also left Thursday's contest after being hit by a pitch. He's day-to-day, too.
The Phillies have played the Rockies well at Coors Field lately, winning 12 of their last 15. Their record against Colorado -- 90-62 -- is better than their record vs. any other team.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22) goes tonight. He's allowed two runs or fewer in 9 of 13 starts this year, and 31 of his last 53 dating back to 2011.
He's opposed by Rockies righty Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61). Nicasio has a mid-90s fastball that goes a long way when it's hit. Opponents have five homers and 13 doubles off the pitch this season.
The Phillies have never faced Nicasio, who for some reason pitches much better at Coors than away from it.
If Gonzalez does play, the Phillies must be extremely careful with him. He's a career .396/.427/.615 hitter against them in 24 games (including playoffs). He destroys pitches low-and-in, high in the zone and those that are outside but slightly elevated. He can, however, be tied up high-and-tight and low-and-away because of his awkward, closed batting stance.
If Ben Revere stays hot this could be a very productive offensive series for the Phillies, who had 16 hits last night but left 16 on base.
Revere is up to a season-high .266 after seven hits his last two games. He's hit .316 with a .360 OBP since May 1, and the Phillies are 10-5 in his last 15 multi-hit games.