Get ready for some late nights. The Phillies hit the road on their first West Coast road trip of the season.
Chase Utley's hot bat, against three right-handed starters, at Coors Field -- what a combination that could prove to be for the Phillies (7-8) in the next three games.
Utley, who leads the league in hitting, OBP and slugging -- and is 17 for 34 in his last nine games -- will face a trio of righty Rockies starters this weekend at a stadium where he's historically crushed the ball.
Utley hasn't seen either Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Lyles or Juan Nicasio much (combined 2 for 6 against them in his career), but he's hit .360/.390/.632 lifetime at Coors Field with seven homers in 26 games.
The righty-righty-righty rotation lineup should benefit Ryan Howard -- .294/.376/.539 at Coors -- and Domonic Brown as well. Maybe, just maybe, the Phillies can score more than two combined runs against the starters in this series.
The Rockies, obviously, have the benefit of hitting there too -- and they're batting .354 with a .990 OPS at home this season.
The Phillies also pay the price of facing Colorado early in the season, when both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are healthy. CarGo is .395/.425/.663 in 23 career games against the Phils; Tulo is .292/.379/.494 in 25 games.
It's Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00) at 8:40 p.m.
• Whether Pettibone can rebound against the Rockies. He got hammered at Coors last year in his worst career start to date, when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in three innings on June 15. Current Rockies are batting .450 against him.
• Key matchups for Pettibone: Willin Rosario (2 for 2, 2B, 3B)
• Key matchups for Chatwood: Ryan Howard (2 for 5, 2B), Ben Revere (3 for 5), Tony Gwynn (3 for 4), Jimmy Rollins (0 for 6)
• The Phillies are 30-9 vs. Colorado since 2008.