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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.

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

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