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The Colorado Rockies have a very talented bench

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 11:30 am

The Rockies have five talented players on the bench (2 lefty swinging, 3 righties). Lefty swinging outfielder Seth Smith was outstanding all season long for the Rockies. He played in 133 games this season and he was 98 for 335 (.293, .888 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Rockies took a chance and gave veteran lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi a chance to prove himself in September and that he did. He played in 19 games for the Rockies this season and he was 7 for 24 (.292 avg, 1.035 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs. Giambi has played in 42 games in his post season career and he is 39 for 135 (.289 avg, .916 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 7 homers and 18 RBIs. Righty swinging 1B/3B Garrett Atkins might be on his way out for the Rockies but he still has time to help the team. He played in 126 games for the Rockies this season and he was 80 for 354 (.226 avg, .650 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 9 homers and 48 RBIs. Atkins has played in 11 games in his post season career and he is 7 for 40 (.175 avg, .608 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Ryan Spilboroghs can handle all three outfield spots so he will likely get some P.T. in this series. He played in 133 games for the Rockies this year and he was 85 for 352 (.241 avg, .705 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has also played in 9 games in his post season career and he is 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .470 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Catcher Chris Iannetta will likely be on the bench in this series also. He played in 93 games for the Rockies this season and he was 66 for 289 (.241 avg, .705 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 16 homers and 52 RBIs.

Potential is the word that describes the outfield of the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 11:17 am

The Rockies have a lot of talent in the outfield but they are young there. Lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will likely start in LF for the Rockies. He played in 89 games for the Rockies this season and he was 79 for 278 (.284 avg, .878 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 29 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He has never played in the post season but the sky is the limit for his potential. Starting CF Dexter Fowler is the speedster of the Rockies. He played in 135 games as a rookie this season and he was 115 for 433 (.266 avg, .769 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Fowler is also an outstanding defensive player which gives the pitcher’s more confidence. Lefty swinging RF Brad Hawpe is the only veteran of this bunch. He played in 145 games for the Rockies this season and he was 143 for 501 (.285 avg, .903 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 23 homers and 86 RBIs. Hawpe has also played in 11 games in his post season career and he is 11 for 39 (.282 avg, .814 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.

The Rockies infield is young and talented

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

Starting 1B Todd Helton is the ony infielder on the Rockies over the age of 30 in the starting lineup. He had a great bounceback season for the Rockies playing in 151 games in which he was 177 for 544 (.325 avg, .905 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 15 homers and 86 RBIs. The Rockies hope he plays better in the post season this time around. He has played in 11 games in his post season career and he is 9 for 41 (.220 avg, .615 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Clint Barmes moved over to 2B this season and he had a solid year there. He played in 154 games for the Rockies this season and he was 133 for 550 (.245 avg, .734 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 23 homers, 76 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He is a good defensive player as he is a natural shortstop. This will be Barmes’ first post season experience of his career. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a monster season for the Rockies this year. He played in 151 games for the Rockies this season and he was 161 for 543 (.297 avg, .829 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 32 homers, 92 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He has played in 11 games in his post season career to date and he is 8 for 41 (.195 avg, .608 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. 3B Ian Stewart bumped Garrett Atkins out of the starting lineup this season. He played in 147 games for the Rockies this year and he was 97 for 425 (.228 avg, .786 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 25 homers, 70 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has never played in the post season.

The Colorado Rockies are solid behind the plate

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 11:03 am

The Rockies benched Yorvit Torrealba early this season going with the younger Chris Iannetta. But, Torrealba got hot down the stretch and he is a solid post season player so look for the Rockies to start him in the playoffs. He played in 64 games for the Rockies this season and he was 62 for 213 (.291 avg, .731 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 31 RBIs. Torrealba has played in 13 games in his post season career and he is 10 for 42 (.238 avg, .655 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Chris Iannetta is likely still the catcher of the future for the Rockies but he regressed this year. He played in 93 games for the Rockies this season and he was 66 for 289 (.228 avg, .804 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 16 homers and 52 RBIs. Iannetta doesn’t have any post season experience but he will likely get some in this series.

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:55 am

The Rockies will be going against the Phillies starting later today in Philly. This is not a good matchup for the Rockies as they have problems with lefty starting pitchers and will have to deal with Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels off the bat. The Rockies have left 16 game winner Jorge De La Rosa off the playoff roster due to a groin problem. Aaron Cook will start Game #2 and Jason Hammel Game #3 and that has to worry the Rockies a tad. The Rockies just don’t appear to have the firepower on offense to compete with the Phillies in this series.

PREDICTION: PHILLIES IN FOUR GAMES

The Colorado Rockies will be the Wild Card in the N.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 4 October 2009 at 8:20 am

The Rockies will face the Phillies in the first round of the N.L. playoffs. The Rockies lost last night 5-0 to the Dodgers sealing their fate. The Rockies could only muster three hits against the Dodgers (2 from Helton, 1 from Iannetta) last night. Jorge De La Rosa and Jose Contreras combined to work the first six innings of the game (three apiece) without allowing a run while striking out 7 batters. But, Franklin Morales followed them in the game and he only got one Dodger batter out while allowing 4 hits, walking two batters and giving up 5 earned runs.

Will the Colorado Rockies win the N.L. West

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 4:57 pm

The Rockies need to win the last two games of the year against the Dodgers to win the N.L. West or they will be the Wild Card. Tonight it will be Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies vs. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. De La Rosa has pitched in 32 games (31 starts) for the Rockies this season and he is 16-9 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. But, De La Rosa has not pitched well against the Dodgers this season. He has started 3 games vs. the Dodgers this season and he is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Clayton Kershaw is still literally a kid at 21 years old but he doesn’t pitch like one. He has pitched in 30 games (29 starts) for the Dodgers this season and he is 8-8 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. But, he hasn’t been nearly as good against the Rockies. He has started 4 games against the Rockies this year and he is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Tomorrow will be a matchup up veteran pitchers pitting Jason Marquis against Vincente Padilla. Marquis has started 32 games for the Rockies this season and he is 15-12 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. But he has saved his best work for the Dodgers as he has started 2 games against them in which he is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. Vicente Padilla has pitched in 7 games (6 starts) for the Dodgers this year and he is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Padilla has started 1 game against the Rockies and he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. It would be nice to win the National League West but at least the Rockies know they are still in the playoffs whether they win the next two games or not.

Jason Marquis could be the odd man out in round #1 of the playoffs for the Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 4:48 pm

If the Rockies decide to go with three starters in the first round of the playoffs, Jason Marquis will likely be pitching in long relief. That just doesn’t seem fair when you consider that he started 32 games so far this season in which he is 15-12 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Rockies would likely go with Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook and Jorge De La Rosa in the first round of the playoffs as the starting pitchers. Jimenez by far has the best stuff as he started 33 games in which he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Aaron Cook is coming back from an injury. He started 27 games for the Rockies this season and he is 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The lone lefty will be Jorge De La Rosa who is having by far the best year of his major league career. He has pitched in 32 games (31 starts) for the Rockies this year and he is 16-9 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. If the Rockies make it past the first round of the playoffs then Jason Marquis will rejoin the starting rotation.

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