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MLB Odds: Rockies Host Phillies in Must-Win Matchup

The Colorado Rockies (86-70, plus-16.44 betting units) can still make the postseason, either by winning the National League West or by earning a Wild Card berth. But with just a few games left to go in the regular season, the Rockies can ill afford a loss this Thursday when they welcome the Philadelphia Phillies (78-78, minus-6.17 units) to Coors Field. Game time is 3:10 PM ET on NBC Sports.

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Antonio Senzatela (4.52 ERA) is projected to start Thursday’s game for the Rockies. One of Colorado’s better pitching prospects, the sophomore righty is up 0.88 units on a team record of 6-6, with the Under at 10-2 since joining the rotation in early July. Senzatela has been working on a change-up to go with his fastball and slider, and his expanded repertoire has proven effective thus far.

The Phillies were eliminated from the playoff race last week after getting swept by the Atlanta Braves, and Jake Arrieta (3.94 ERA) is one of the reasons why. The former NL Cy Young winner will try to break out of an extended slump this Thursday; Philadelphia have won just two of his last nine starts, falling 3.43 units in the red at 14-16 overall.

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