Rockies Vs. Phillies: Colorado Visits City Of Brotherly Love

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 02: Starting pitcher Jeff Francis #26 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Colorado Rockies will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies in a three game series starting Friday.

Both the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies have had their struggles this season, but things have started to get better as of late for both clubs. Philly rode a solid month of August to third place in the NL East, going 15-12 that month to push themselves above the Mets and Marlins. Colorado is still at the bottom of the NL West and isn't likely to get much higher, but they have gone from bad to mediocre at least in the past month.

Fresh off dropping two straight unfortunate 1-0 losses in Atlanta, the Rockies will now head to Philly for a three game series against the Phillies.

Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73 ERA) will take on Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52 ERA) in game one. Lee, whose disappointing numbers are hiding an effective season from the veteran pitcher even on a losing team, will be trying to win three straight starts for the first time all season.

Game 1 of the series will be at 5:05 p.m. MT at Citizens Bank Park.

For more on the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies, head over to their respective SB Nation blogs at Purple Row and The Good Phight. More news and analysis on the world of baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation and on SB Nation's YouTube Channel:

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