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Colorado Rockies MLB News - Rockies Baseball Blog » 2009 » October

The Philadelphia Phillies change starting pitchers for Sunday’s game

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 11 October 2009 at 8:16 am

The Phillies have decided to go with lefty J.A. Happ instead of Pedro Martinez in this game. Happ pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has been kryptonite to Rockies’ hitters this season. He has pitched in 2 games (1 start) against them and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP. He has only allowed 5 hits to the Rockies in 11 innings while whiffing 11 batters and walking only 2. Rockies’ hitters have a .139 batting average against Happ this season. It appears that the Rockies will have their work cut out for them today.

Saturday’s playoff game has been postponed until tomorrow

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 11:23 am

Game #3 of the Rockies/Phillies playoff series has been postponed until tomorrow due to rain. This might hurt the Rockies as the Phillies will likely bump Pedro Martinez and start lefty J.A. Happ. Despite beating Cole Hamels the other day the Rockies have had issues with lefty starting pitchers.

Game #3: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 10:43 am

This is the pivotal game in this series with it all tied up at one game apiece. Righty Jason Hammel will start for the Rockies against Pedro Martinez of the Phillies. Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has pitched 2 games against the Phillies this year (1 start) and he was 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Hammel will have to tread lightly in this game as a few Phillies run up to the plate when he is on the mound. Raul Ibanez was 3 for 4 with a solo homer against Hammel this season so he will have to be very careful with him as he is already having a good series. Jimmy Rollins is 2 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBIs and Shane Victorino is 3 for 5 with a double this season against Hammel and they bat in front of the big boys on the Phillies so he must keep them off the bases somehow in this game. Finally, Pedro Feliz is 2 for 4 with a RBI against Hammel. Basically, the Rockies better have everyone ready in the bullpen in case Hammel gets off to a rough start. The Rockies will have to deal with a well rested Pedro Martinez in this game. Despite his age the man can still pitch. He started 9 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He did not pitch against the Rockies this season which likely benefits him. Brad Hawpe has had success against Martinez as he is 2 for 4 with a solo homer. The only other Rockies player who has had much success against Pedro is Udaldo Jimenez who is 2 for 3 against him in his career. Chances are very, very unlikely that Jimenez will bat against Pedro in this game. This game should be very interesting.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of players really swinging good sticks right now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 8:06 am

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba have really been swinging hot sticks for the Rockies. Gonzalez has been really jump starting the offense from the top of the batting order in this series. He is 5 for 9 (.556 avg, 1.223 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base. The rest of the Rockies have to do a better job of bringing Gonzalez around the bases as he always seems to be on base. Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba really stepped up with key hits the last time the Rockies were in the playoffs and he’s doing it all over again. He is 3 for 6 (.500 avg, 1.667 OPS) with a double, homer, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Torrealba’s clutch bat will likely keep backup catcher Chris Iannetta nailed to the bench. Still, Gonzalez and Torrealba are going to need more help with the bats if they are going to bounce the Phillies in this series.

Colorado Rockies 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 9:16 pm

The Rockies walked on the highwire in this game but they came out on top. Aaron Cook was just good enough to earn the win in his game as he worked 5 innings allowing 7 hits and 3 earned runs. Jose Contreras, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt and Franklin Morales got the game to closer Huston Street by working 3 innings and allowing 1 run (Betancourt gave up a homer to Jayson Werth). Huston Street make it exciting walking a batter and giving up a hit before slamming the door shut on the Phillies to earn the save. Yorvit Torrealba led the way for the offense as he was 2 for 3 with a run scored, homer and 2 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler were flip flopped in the lineup and they made manager Jim Tracy look like a genius. Gonzalez who led off the game for the Rockies was 3 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base. Dexter Fowler was 0 for 2 but he knocked in two runs. This series is now tied 1-1 as it shifts to Coors Field.

Game #2: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:31 pm

This is a must win game for the Rockies and it doesn’t look as bad as you might think in tomorrow’s game. Aaron Cook will be opposing lefty Cole Hamels of the Phillies. Hamels started 1 game against the Rockies (the only of his career) this season and he was 0-1 with a 17.18 ERA and a 3.27 WHIP. He allowed 7 earned runs and 11 hits in only 3 2/3 innings in that game. Aaron Cook has started 2 games against the Phillies this season and he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has to be careful pitching to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley who have had his number in their careers. Rollins is 11 for 29 (.379 avg, .897 OPS) in his career against Aaron Cook while Utley is 8 for 21 (.381 avg, 1.010 OPS) with 1 homer and 11 RBIs. Cook must get the Phillies to pound his sinker into the ground because if they start elevating the ball he will be in big trouble.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Colorado Rockies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:24 pm

Ubaldo Jimenez breezed through the first four innings earlier today before the roof caved in on him. He worked the first 5 innings of this game and he allowed 9 hits and 5 earned runs. Jimenez was the losing pitcher. The Rockies could only muster 1 run on six hits against Cliff Lee who dominated them. Carlos Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a run scored against Lee as he did not look intimidated by the lefty. Troy Tulowitzki also had a solid game going 2 for 4 with a RBI. The rest of the team better get the bats going soon or this will be a short series. The Phillies are now up 1-0 in this series.

Game #1: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 12:51 pm

This should be a very interesing pitching match-up in Game #1. Righty Ubaldo Jimenez will be matched up against Cliff Lee of the Phillies. Jimenez pitched in 33 games (32 starts) this season and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has not pitched against the Phillies this season. Cliff Lee has started 34 games for the Indians and Phillies this season and he is 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Lee has started 1 game against the Rockies and he is 1-0 with a 1.29 WHIP against them. He worked 7 innings in his only start against the Rockies this season and he only allowed 1 earned run, 6 hits and he walked 1 batter while striking out 9. The Rockies appear to have their work cut out for them in this game but Jimenez has nasty stuff so he could pitch a big game.

The Colorado Rockies boast a deep and talented bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 12:05 pm

Huston Street came over in the Matt Holliday trade with Oakland and he quickly became the closer and never looked back. Street pitched in 64 games for the Rockies this season and he was 4-1 with 35 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. He has pitched in 5 games in his post season career and he is 0-1 with 2 saves, a 7.11 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Look for him to be very motivated to improve on those numbers this October. Veteran righty Rafael Betancourt will be the set-up man for the Rockies in this series. He has been outstanding since coming over from the Indians in a trade. He has pitched in 32 games for the Rockies this season and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. He has pitched in 7 games in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. Veteran lefty Joe Beimel will likely be the situational guy out of the pen. He pitched in 71 games for the Rockies this season and he was 1-6 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has pitched in 3 games in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Beimel has walked 2 batters in 2/3 of an inning in his post season career so he will need to tighten up his control this time around. Lefty Franklin Morales finished the year in a funk but he did a good job as the closer while Huston Street was out of action. With all of the potent lefty swingers in the Phillies’ lineup Morales will definately need to step up. Morales pitched in 40 games (2 starts) for the Rockies this season and he was 3-2 with 7 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He has also pitched in 4 games (2 starts) in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. The Rockies’ secret weapon out of the bullpen could be veteran righty Jose Contreras. Contreras pitched in 7 games (2 starts) for the Rockies after coming over in a trade with the White Sox and he was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. He has pitched in 12 games (4 starts) in his post season career and he is 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Veteran righty Josh Fogg might also be able to help if a starting pitcher gets in trouble early. He pitched in 24 games (1 start) for the Rockies this season and he was 0-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has also pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in his post season career and he is 2-1 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP. Rookie righty Matt Daley will likely round out the bullpen. He pitched in 57 games for the Rockies this season and he was 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies’ rotation is in flux

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 11:51 am

Lefty Jorge De La Rosa has been left off the roster for the first round of the playoffs due to a groin injury. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts)for the Rockies this season and he was 16-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. They will miss him as the Phillies’ lineup has a lot of good lefty swinging hitters. Young Ubaldo Jimenez will be the #1 starter for the Rockies this post season. He takes no-hit stuff to the pitching mound but he has control issues and that could spell trouble against the Phillies. He started 33 games for the Rockies this season and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Jimenez has started 3 games in his post season career and he is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Righty Aaron Cook will be the #2 guy in the rotation. He started 27 games for the Rockies this season and he was 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cook has started 1 game in his post season career and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Jason Hammel will be the #3 starter which was a surprise pick over 15-game winner Jason Marquis. Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) for the Rockies this season and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He doesn’t have any post season experience. Jason Marquis will work in long relief for the Rockies in the first round but if they move on to the 2nd round he could get back into the rotation. He started 33 games for the Rockies this season and he was 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has pitched in 10 games (3 starts) in his post season career and he is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.

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