The Colorado Rockies exercise Aaron Cook’s option for 2008

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 31 October 2007 at 11:44 pm

Aaron Cook will make $4.5 million dollars in 2008 for the Rockies. Cook started 25 games last season for the Rockies and he was 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He worked 166 innings last season for the Rockies and he allowed 178 hits, walked 44 batters and whiffed 61. The Rockies hope Cook will give them a complete season without injury in 2008 as he is a solid starting pitcher.

The Colorado Rockies decline LaTroy Hawkins option for 2008

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 31 October 2007 at 11:40 pm

The Rockies declined their half of a mutual option for $3.75 million bucks for the 2008 season making him a free agent. Hawkins pitched in 62 games this season for the Rockies and he was 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Hawkins pitched 55.1 innings last year from the Rockies and he allowed 52 hits, walked 16 batters and whiffed 29. Good bullpen help is hard to find for the price they would have paid Hawkins so it will be interesting to see how they replace him.

Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 31 October 2007 at 3:04 pm

The Rockies fought hard in this game but it just wasn’t enough to extend the World Series. Todd Helton was a solid 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double. Brad Hawpe was 1 for 3 and the hit was a solo homer in the 7th inning off of Manny Delcarmen to give te Rockies some life. Garrett Atkins followed Hawpe’s homer with one of his own in the 8th inning off of Hideki Okajima to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-3.

Despite being the losing pitcher in the deciding game of the World Series Aaron Cook proved to be a warrior. He hadn’t pitched since August and he went out and worked the first six innings of the game and he allowed 6 hits, 3 earned runs and whiffed 2 batters while not walking any. Brian Fuentes had another rough night as he was greeted by Bobby Kielty who whacked a solo homer off of him which was the eventual game winning hit. Fuentes worked only 2/3 of an inning and he allowed 2 hits, 1 earned run and walked a batter. Manny Corpas finished up the game working the last 1.1 innings and allowing 0 runs while whiffing a batter.

The Rockies were swept in the World Series by the Red Sox who outscored them 29-10.

Boston Red Sox 10, Colorado Rockies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 31 October 2007 at 2:50 pm

The Rockies fell too far behind early in this game to come all of the way back. Josh Fogg started the game and he was punished as he worked the first 2.2 innings and he allowed 10 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 2. Franklin Morales, Jeremy Affeldt and Matt Herges kept the Rockies in the game by pitching the next 4.1 innings and allowing only 1 hit, 0 runs and whiffing 5 batters. Brian Fuentes ruined a good comeback by the Rockies as he worked the 8th inning and he allowed 3 hits, 3 earned runs and walked 1 batter. LaTroy Hawkins finished up in the 9th inning by allowing 1 hit and 1 earned run putting the game further out of reach.

Matt Holliday was only 1 for 5 but the hit was a three-run homer to close the gap in this game. Kazuo Matsui had another solid game as he was 3 for 5 with 1 run scored and a stolen base. Brad Hawpe was solid as he was 2 for 5 with a triple and a RBI. Yorvit Torrealba also had another good game as he was 2 for 5 with a RBI. This loss made the Rockies down 3 games to 0.

Boston Red Sox 2, Colorado Rockies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 26 October 2007 at 1:49 pm

The Rockies wasted some good pitching last night because they couldn’t hit the baseball. Matt Holliday went 4 for 4 but the rest of the team was only 1 for 25 against the Red Sox. Ubaldo Jimenez started the game and he was the losing pitcher as he worked the first 4.2 innings and he allowed 3 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 5 batters and whiffed 2. The Rockies got good work from their bullpen as they kept the game close. Jeremy Affeldt, Matt Herges, Brian Fuentes and Manny Corpas combined to worked 3.1 scoreless innings in which they allowed 3 hits, walked 2 batters and whiffed 1. The Rockies are now down 2 games to none to the Red Sox in this series.

Boston Red Sox 13, Colorado Rockies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 25 October 2007 at 11:12 am

The Rockies never had a chance in this game because of the Red Sox barrage on offense. Jeff Francis was battered in his 4 innings on the mound as he allowed 10 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 3 batters and whiffed 3 batters. He was the losing pitcher. Franklin Morales followed Francis and he stunk it up. He worked 2/3 of an inning and he allowed 6 hits, 7 earned runs and walked a batter. Ryan Speier followed Morales and he was awful as he walked all three batters that he faced. Matt Herges, Jeremy Affeldt and LaTroy Hawkins combined to stop the bleeding working 3.1 innings and allowing 1 hit, walking 1 batter and whiffing 3.

The offense didn’t do much to help the Rockies cause either as they whiffed 12 times and only had 6 hits. Troy Tulowitzki came to play last night as he was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Todd Helton also shined in his first World Series game as he was 2 for 4 with a double. The rest of the Rockies were only 2 for 25! The Rockies are now down 1-0 to the Red Sox in this series.

Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 24 October 2007 at 11:40 am

This will be a very interesting World Series. The Rockies have won 21 of their last 22 games including a 7-0 post season record while the Red Sox came from 3-1 down to defeat the Cleveland Indians. It will be interesting to see if the Rockies are are rusty seeing how they haven’t played in 8 days or if the Red Sox have anything left in the tank after having to come back to beat the Indians. Here’s a closer look at the matchups:

CATCHER: Jason Varitek might be the team captain but he needs to start providing more with a bat in his hands. In 10 post season games he’s only 9 for 37 (.243 avg, .732 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Yorvit Torrelba is the silent assassin at the bottom of the Rockies lineup in the post season. In 7 games, he is 8 for 25 (.320 avg, .934 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

FIRST BASE: Kevin Youkilis is swinging a hot stick in the post-season but he likely won’t get to play in Colorado when they don’t use a DH. David Ortiz will likely start at first base in Colorado and that will definately hurt the Red Sox defense. Youkilis has played in 10 games this post-season and he is 17 for 40 (.425 avg, 1.314 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs. Todd Helton hasn’t been too productive in the post season yet, but that could change any minute as he has a .332 career batting average. In 7 post season games Helton is 4 for 26 (.154 avg, .464 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 1 RBI. EDGE: RED SOX

SECOND BASE: Dustin Pedroia has suddenly got hot at the right time for the Red Sox with the bat and he’s also a good defender. In 10 post season games, Pedroia is 12 for 42 (.286 avg, .824 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Kazuo Matsui has also been outstanding in the post season for the Rockies. In 7 games he is 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .961 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 triples, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and a stolen base. EDGE: EVEN

SHORTSTOP: Julio Lugo hasn’t been productive in the post-season but that shouldn’t be a surprise because of the poor regular season he turned in. He has played in 10 games in the post season and he is 8 for 35 (.229 avg, .556 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Troy Tulowitzki has had a rough time in the post-season after a very solid rookie season. In 7 games in the post-season he is 5 for 28 (.179 avg, .554 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. EDGE: ROCKIES

THIRD BASE: Mike Lowell has been money in the playoffs this season after turning in a great regular season. In 10 games this post-season he is 12 for 36 (.333 avg, .900 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 11 RBIs. Garrett Atkins hasn’t done much in the post-season but that could change because he’s a really good hitter. Atkins has played in 7 games in the post season and he is 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .500 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. EDGE: RED SOX

LEFT FIELD: Manny Ramirez might not hustle on defense or on the bases but he can flat out hit the baseball. In 10 post season games, Ramirez is 12 for 30 (.400 avg, 1.411 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers, 14 RBIs and he’s walked 14 times. Matt Holliday should be the N.L. MVP based on his play during the regular season but it has carried over into the post season. In 7 post season games, Holliday is 8 for 28 (.286 avg, 1.047 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 7 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

CENTER FIELD: The Red Sox will probaby start Coco Crisp but Terry Francona might decide to go with rookie Jacoby Ellsbury. Crisp has really struggled in the post season for the Red Sox. In 10 games, Crisp is 5 for 31 (.161 avg., .382 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Willy Taveras will man center field for the Rockies. He’s an outstanding defender and he’s a pest on the base paths because of his speed. In 4 games this post season, Taveras is 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .472 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. EDGE: EVEN

RIGHT FIELD: J.D. Drew played like crap during the regular season but he’s playing up to his ability in the post season. In 10 post season games Drew is 11 for 36 (.306 avg, .741 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Brad Hawpe was outstanding during the regular season and he’ been solid in the post season. In 7 games in the post season, Hawpe is 7 for 23 (.304 avg, .771 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. EDGE: ROCKIES

DESIGNATED HITTER: David Ortiz was awesome during the season and it’s carried into the post season for him. Ortiz has played in 10 games this post season and he is 12 for 31 (.387 avg, .917 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBIs and he’s walked 12 times! Ryan Spilboroghs will be the likely DH for the Rockies and he’s a good hitter. In 5 games this post season, he’s 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .762 OPS) with 3 runs scored. EDGE: RED SOX

STARTING ROTATION: The Red Sox rotation is led by two awesome post-season performers. Josh Beckett will start the first game of the World Series and no one has been more clutch than this guy has. In 3 starts this post season, Beckett is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP. He has worked 23 innings in the playoffs and he has allowed only 13 hits, walked 1 batter and whiffed 26. Curt Schilling has pitched really well in two of his three started in the playoffs. In 3 post season starts, Schilling is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has worked 18.2 innings and he allowed 21 hits, walked 1 batter and whiffed 12. Dice-K Matsuzaka has only looked good in one of his three starts in the playoffs and it clinched the trip to the World Series for the Red Sox. Dice-K has started 3 games in the post season and he is 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. In 14.1 innings he has allowed 19 hits, walked 5 batters and whiffed 12. The Red Sox have lefty John Lester penciled in to start Game #4…..but it could be Beckett. Lester worked two games in relief in the post season for the Red Sox and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has worked 3.2 innings and he has allowed 3 hits, walked 1 batter and whiffed 5.

Lefty Jeff Francis will start Game #1 and he’s really turned into the ace of the Rockies staff. He has started 2 games this post season and he is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has worked 12.2 innings in the playoffs and he has allowed 11 hits, walked 3 batters and whiffed 12. Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez has not been intimidated in the playoffs as he has stepped up big-time. He has started 2 games in the playoffs and he’s 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. In 11.1 innings he has allowed 8 hits, walked 8 batters and whiffed 11. Veteran Josh Fogg will be the #3 starter in this series. He has pitched in 2 games (1 start) in the playoffs and he is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In 8 innings he has allowed 8 hits, walked 1 batter and whiffed 4. Aaron Cook will replace rookie Franklin Morales in the rotation for this series. He has not pitched in a game since August 10th against the Cubs. He did start 25 games this season for the Rockies and he was 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. EDGE: RED SOX

BULLPEN: If the Red Sox have a lead late in the game the Rockies will be in trouble because of how well Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima and Mike Timlin have been pitching. Papelbon has been unhittable in his 4 post season games as he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. In 6.1 innings he has only allowed 3 hits, walked 4 batters and whiffed 4. Okajima has also been nasty for the Red Sox this post season. In 5 games, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. In 7.1 innings he has allowed 5 hits, walked 3 batters and whiffed 5. Mike Timlin has also been outstanding in 3 games as he has worked 3.1 innings and allowed 1 hit, 0 earned runs and whiffed 3 batters.

The Rockies bullpen has been good and really deep in the post season. It all starts with closer Manny Corpas. Corpas has pitched in 7 games this post season and he is 1-0 with 5 saves, a 1.04 ERA and a 0.58 WHIP. In 8.2 innings he has allowed 5 hits, walked 0 batters and whiffed 6. Lefty Brian Fuentes was the closer before he injured his back and he never got his job back. In 7 games this post season he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. In 6 innings this post season Fuentes has allowed 8 hits, walked 3 batters and whiffed 10. Righties Matt Herges (1-0, 0.00 ERA), LaTroy Hawkins (0.00 ERA) and Ryan Speier (0.00 ERA, 1 save) have all been nails this post season. Jeremy Affeldt has been solid as the first lefty in the game as he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.43 WHIP this post season. EDGE: EVEN

BENCH: In the games at Coors Field, Kevin Youkilis will be the top pinch hitter on the Red Sox and he will be quite the weapon for them. Jacoby Ellsbury has played in 7 games this post season and he is 2 for 9 (.222 avg, .522 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He also could get some starts in center field in this series with Crisp slumping. Bobby Kielty rips lefties and he is 2 for 5 (.400 avg) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs in the post season. Doug Mirabelli, Eric Hinske and Alex Cora fill out the rest of the bench and they haven’t been used much. They have played in a combined 5 games and they are 0 for 3 with a run scored.

In games at Coors Field, Ryan Spilboroghs will be available for pinch hit duty and he’s a good one. Rookie Seth Smith has been an assassin off the bench for the Rockies. In 4 games he is 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Jeff Baker also has been really good as a pinch hitter as he is 2 for 3 (.667 avg) with a big RBI in the playoffs. Cory Sullivan (1 for 3) and Jamey Carroll (0 for 1) are also solid little pesky hitters.

PREDICTION: This series should be interesting to watch as the bullies (Red Sox) will be playing a team that thinks they are bullet proof right now (Rockies). I think the Red Sox are the better team but I just can’t see anyone beating the Rockies in a 7 game series right now. With that in mind I will take the Rockies in a shocker.

The Colorado Rockies 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 4

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 October 2007 at 11:15 am

The Rockies swept the D-Backs out of the series with good all-around play.  Matt Holliday had another great night and he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 3 RBIs.  Kazuo Matsui also had another decent game as he was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Seth Smith got another huge hit as he pinch hit for Franklin Morales in the 4th inning and he delivered with a single that plated 2 runs.  It took guts for Manager Clint Hurdle to pull Morales who was pitching well and to pinch hit with the rookie Smith so he deserves big time credit for that crucial move.

Franklin Morales worked the first 4 innings and he allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, walked 1 batter and whiffed 2.  Matt Herges followed Morales in the game and he was the winning pitcher as he worked 2 scoreless innings.  Brian Fuentes only pitched 2/3 of an inning and he allowed 4 hits, 3 earned runs and whiffed a batter.  Manny Corpas had to come in early to save the win.  He worked the last 1.1 innings and he allowed 1 hit and whiffed 1 batter.  The Rockies sweep the Diamondbacks 4-0.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271015127&date=20071015

 

 

Colorado Rockies 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 15 October 2007 at 12:48 am

The Rockies prevailed in the rain Sunday Night to put them 1 win away from their first World Series trip.  They did it with clutch hitting and solid pitching.  Matt Holliday started things off in the first inning with a solo homer.  He finished the game 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  But the hero of the game was Yorvit Torrealba who has been a driving force in the playoffs for the Rockies.  He jacked a 3-run homer in the 6th inning off Livan Hernandez to give the Rockies all the runs they would need tonight.  He was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 3 RBIs, a homer and a double.

Josh Fogg was the winning pitcher as he worked six outstanding innings. He pitched 6 innings and he allowed 7 hits, 1 earned run, walked 1 batter and whiffed 3.  Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Fuentes followed with 2 shutout innings of relief to set up closer Manny Corpas.  Corpas tossed a scoreless 9th inning to earn the save.  The Rockies now have a commanding 3-0 lead in this series over the D-Backs.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271014127

Colorado Rockies 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 13 October 2007 at 5:43 pm

The Rockies kept up with their hot playing last night as they defeated the D-Backs in 11 innings.  What really must hurt the D-Backs is the fact that the Rockies beat Jose Valverde who has been lights out this whole season.  Willy Taveras was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 RBI, a double and 2 walks.  His second walk was in the 11th inning with the bases loaded as he drove in Ryan Spilboroghs who had a pinch hit single to start the inning.

Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was good again last night as he worked the first 5 innings and he allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, walked 4 batters and whiffed 6.  Matt Herges, LaTroy Hawkins and Brian Fuentes followed Jimenez and they worked 3 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits while striking out 3.  Manny Corpas blew the save in the 9th inning but he was the winning pitcher.  He threw 2 innings and he allowed 1 hit, 1 earned run and whiffed 2 batters.  Ryan Speier pitched a scoreless inning in the 11th inning to earn the save.  The Rockies are up 2-0 over the Diamondbacks as the series shifts to Coors Field.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271012129

 

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