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Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 11 October 2007 at 12:35 pm
Both of these teams had impressive sweeps over the Phillies and Cubs in the first round of the playoffs.  The Diamondbacks and Rockies are both really young baseball teams that prove you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a really good baseball team.  The matchups in this series look really good and here’s a breakdown:

CATCHER:  Chris Snyder had his best season in the majors this year.  Still, he’s not a high average hitter but he has power.  He also is a solid defensive catcher that does a good job of handling the pitching staff.  He was only 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .393 OPS) with 2 runs scored in the first round against the Cubs.  Yorvit Torrealba is a good defensive catcher and he really was the silent assassin at the bottom of the Rockies batting order against the Phillies.  He was 5 for 10 (.500 avg, 1.183 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs.  EDGE:  EVEN

FIRST BASE:  Young Conor Jackson regressed after a breakout season in 2006 for the Diamondbacks.  Jackson was only 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .361 OPS) with 1 RBI in the first round.  Todd Helton has one of the sweetest swings in all of baseball but he looked a little nervous against the Phillies.  He was only 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .404 OPS) with 1 run scored in the first round of the playoffs.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

SECOND BASE:  Augie Ojeda really stepped up in the first round of the playoffs but one has to wonder if it was a fluke as he’s never played that well in his whole career.  He was 4 for 9 (.444 avg, 1.101 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Kazuo Matsui was the MVP for the Rockies on offense against the Phillies and they hope he keeps swinging a hit stick.  He has 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.583 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 triples, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

SHORTSTOP:  Stephen Drew was awesome against the Cubs.  He was 7 for 14 (.500 avg, 1.643 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and a stolen base.  Troy Tulowitzki was one of the best rookies in all of baseball this season but he had a tough series against the Phillies as he went 2 for 12 (.167 avg, .731 OPS) with 1 run, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  EDGE:  EVEN

THIRD BASE:  Mark Reynolds burst onto the scene for the D-Backs after Chad Tracy went down to injury and he has a big power bat.  He was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .833 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI against the Cubs.  Garrett Atkins had his second really outstanding season in a row for the Rockies.  He was 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .616 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI against the Phillies.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

LEFT FIELD:  Eric Byrnes makes it all go for the Diamondbacks with his all-out hustle both when batting and in the field and it rubs off on his teammates.  Byrnes was 3 for 12 (.250 avg, .975 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and a stolen base against the Cubs.  If Matt Holliday didn’t play half of his games at Coors Field he would get the respect he deserves as he should be the MVP this season in the National League.  He was 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .923 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs against the Phillies in round #1.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

CENTER FIELD:  Chris Young was a force against the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs as he showed off his skills as a hitter.  He was 3 for 11 (.273, 1.247 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and a stolen base.  Ryan Spilboroghs will likely start in CF again in this series.  He was 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .705 OPS) with 2 runs scored against the Phillies.   EDGE:  DIAMONDBACKS

RIGHT FIELD:  Justin Upton is only 19 years old but you would never guess that after how bad he tortured the Cubs with his bat.  He was 3 for 5 (.600 avg, 1.350 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Brad Hawpe was a true breakout player for the Rockies this season and he will likely have success against the D-Backs.  He was 3 for 11 (.273 avg, .658 OPS) with 1 run scored against the Phillies.   EDGE:  ROCKIES

STARTING PITCHING:  The Diamondbacks probably like their starting rotation a little bit better than Rockies do right now.  Brandon Webb will start Game #1 for the D-Backs and he was great in the first round as he was the winning pitcher in his game.  He won by pitching 7 innings and allowing only 4 hits, 1 earned run, walking 3 batters and whiffing 9.  Lefty Doug Davis will start the second game and he won despite not pitching too well against the Cubs.  He threw 5.2 innings and he allowed 5 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 4 batters and whiffed 8.  Veteran Livan Hernandez will pitch game #3 for the D-Backs and he was solid in his first start of the post-season.  He worked 6 innings and he allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, walked 5 batters and whiffed 2.  Micah Owings will be the #4 starter and he had a solid rookie season.  He is also an outstanding hitter who will provide pop at the bottom of the lineup.

Jeff Francis will be the #1 starter again for the Rockies in the series with the D-Backs.  He was solid in his first post season start against the Phillies who had owned him in the past.  He was the winning pitcher as he worked 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 8.  Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez will get the call in game #2 and he was outstanding the first round.  He didn’t get a decision but he worked 6.1 innings and he allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run, walked 4 batters and whiffed 5.  Veteran Josh Fogg will start Game #3 against the D-Backs.  He was the winning pitcher in Game #2 against the Phillies with some solid relief work behind Franklin Morales.  He pitched 2 innings and he only allowed 1 hit while whiffing 1.  The Rockies are hoping that rookie lefty Franklin Morales gives them a better effort against the D-Backs.  He only lasted 3 innings in his start against the Phillies in round #1, allowing 3 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 2 batters and whiffing 3.   EDGE: DIAMONDBACKS

BULLPEN:  Both teams have solid and deep bullpens.  Closer Jose Valverde was unhittable in the first round of the playoffs against the Cubs.  He pitched in all 3 games (saving 1) and he worked 3 innings allowing only 1 hit, 0 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 6.  Brandon Lyon was excellent in his set-up role as he also worked in all 3 games.  He pitched 3 innings and he allowed 1 hit, 0 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 1 batter.  Flamethrowing righty Tony Pena has also as good as gold in round #1 as he threw 2 scoreless innings in which he allowed 2 hits.  Righty Juan Cruz (1/3 scoreless vs. Cubs) and lefty Doug Slaten could both have key roles for the D-Backs if the starting pitchers have any problems.

Rockies closer Manny Corpas saved all 3 games in the first round of the playoffs against the Phillies.  He pitched 3.1 innings and he only allowed 2 hits, 0 earned runs and he whiffed 3 batters.  Lefty Brian Fuentes worked the 8th inning in all three games against the Phillies and he pitched good in two of them.  He worked 2.1 innings and he allowed 1 hit, 0 earned runs, walked 3 batters and whiffed 4.  Righties Ryan Speier (1.1 innings), LaTroy Hawkins (1 IP) and Matt Herges (2/3 IP) all pitched well as none of them gave up a run.  Lefty Jeremy Affeldt pitched 1 inning in the first round and he allowed 1 hit (a homer), 1 earned run and he whiffed 2.  EDGE:  EVEN

BENCH:  Tony Clark is the best player on either teams bench as he gives the D-Backs big-time power from both sides of the plate.  But he was 0 for 6 in the first round of the playoffs.  Outfielder Jeff Salazar could share time with Upton in RF for the D-Backs.  He was 0 for 3 in the first round.  Miguel Montero will likely get a start or two at catcher in this series as he shares the postion with Chris Snyder.  He was 0 for 2 with 1 run scored in the first round.  Veteran Jeff Cirillo will offer the D-Backs experience and know how off of the bench…but he was only 0 for 1 in the first round.

Willy Taveras will likely be back for this series and he’s an outstanding defender in center field and he’s a pesky leadoff hitter with speed.  Cory Sullivan played in all three games in the first round of the playoffs and he was 1 for 2.  Seth Smith (1 for 2, run scored) and Jeff Baker (1 for 1, RBI) each had huge pinch hits against the Phillies.  Jamey Carroll (1 game, 0 at bats) and catcher Chris Iannetta will likely be nailed to the bench against the D-Backs.  EDGE:  DIAMONDBACKS

PREDICTION:  The Diamondbacks will win this series in 7 games because they have a better pitching staff.  But the Rockies will scare them big-time.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rockies win this series with the way that they have been playing lately.

 

 

Colorado Rockies 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 7 October 2007 at 7:58 am

The Rockies finished off the Phillies last night in Coors Field but it wasn’t without a fight.  Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez pitched outstanding last night and it kept the Rockies in the game until the 8th inning when they took the lead for good.  Jimenez pitched 6.1 innings and he allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run, walked 4 batters and whiffed 5.  Brian Fuentes worked the 8th inning and he was the winning pitcher as he worked a scoreless inning, whiffing 2 batters.  Closer Manny Corpas finished off the Phillies season with a scoreless 9th inning to earn another save.

Kazuo Matsui had another outstanding game as he was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.  Brad Hawpe (2 for 4) and Yorvit Torrealba (2 for 3, with a run scored) and they pitched in on the victory.  But it was Jeff Baker pinch hitting for Brian Fuentes in the 8th inning that got the big hit.  He knocked in Garrett Atkins with a single off of J.C. Romero to win the game.  The Rockies finished off the Phillies 3-0 in this series and they will now play the Diamondbacks who swept the Cubs.

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The Colorado Rockies choose Mark Redman to start game #4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 5 October 2007 at 9:03 pm

The Rockies have decided to start veteran lefty Mark Redman in game #4 if needed against the Phillies.  This was an odd choice but the Rockies needed another starter after they used Josh Fogg in relief in game two.  The Rockies also like using a lefty to attempt to negate Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  Redman pitched in 5 games (3 starts) this season for the Rockies and he was 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  His overall numbers on the season were not pretty.  In 11 games (8 starts) with the Braves & Rockies, Redman was 2-4 with a 7.62 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP.  Hopefully the Rockies just end this in game #3.

Colorado Rockies 10, Philadelphia Phillies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 4 October 2007 at 7:25 pm

The Rockies dominated the Phillies earlier today.  They took it to them in the first inning as Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday jacked back to back homers off Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick.  But the real star of this game was Kazuo Matsui who was awesome with a bat in his hands.  He was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs.  He hit a double, a triple and a back breaking grand slam!  Troy Tulowitzki batted right behind Matsui in the order and he was 2 for 5 with 1 run scored a 1 RBI.  Both of his hits were for extra bases as he hit a double and a homer.  Matt Holliday stayed on fire as he was 2 for 5 with 1 run, a homer and 2 RBIs.  The quiet assassin at the bottom of the order was catcher Yorvit Torrealb who was 1 for 3 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Rookie Franklin Morales started this game but he didn’t last long.  He pitched only 3 innings and he allowed 3 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 3.  Josh Fogg followed Morales into the game and he was the winning pitcher as he worked 2 shutout innings only allowing 1 hit.  Manny Corpas finished up the game as he earned another save.  He came into the game in the 8th inning after Brian Fuentes loaded the bases.  He got out of that jam before finishing up in the 9th inning.  He worked 1.1 innings and he allowed 2 hits and whiffed 1 batter.

The Rockies lead the Phillies 2-0 in this series as it shifts to Colorado.

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Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 4 October 2007 at 12:35 pm

The Phillies learned yesterday that success against a pitcher in the regular season doesn’t guarantee you’ll hit that same guy in the post-season.  Jeff Francis had big problems against the Phillies during the year but you would never guess that by watching him pitch yesterday.  He pitched 6 innings and he only allowed 4 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 8 on his way to being the winning pitcher.  Relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Brian Fuentes followed Francis and each of them tossed a scoreless inning setting up closer Manny Corpas.  Corpas pitched a hitless 9th inning to earn the save.  Yorvit Torrealba, Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins each scored a run in the 2nd inning as the Rockies built a 3-0 lead against Cole Hamels of the Phillies.  He then settled down until he was replaced by Tom Gordon in the 7 inning.  But, in the 8th inning Matt Holliday hit a no doubt homer to pad the lead for the Rockies on their way to a big victory.  The Rockies are now up 1-0 on the Phillies.

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The Colorado Rockies vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 11:43 am

This will be an outstanding matchup between the two hottest teams in baseball.  The Rockies won 15 of their last 16 games including a miraculous comeback victory over Trevor Hoffman in a one game playoff on Monday!  The Phillies won 13 of their last 17 games to overcome a 7.5 game deficit to the New York Mets to win the N.L. East.  This series also matches up the two best offensive teams that made the playoffs.  Here’s a closer look at the matchups in this series:

CATCHER:  The Rockies wanted rookie Chris Ianetta to win the starting job in Spring Training but he struggled and lost the starting job to Yorvit Torrealba.  Torrealba is a decent hitter but his main job for the Rockies is to handle the pitching staff and he has done a great job at that.  He played in 113 games this season and he was 101 for 396 (.255 avg, .708 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 8 homers and 47 RBIs.  Carlos Ruiz won a battle in Spring Training for the catcher job on the Phillies with veteran Rod Barajas.  Ruiz had a very solid season as he played in 115 games and he was 97 for 374 (.259 avg, .736 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 6 homers and 54 RBIs.  EDGE: EVEN

FIRST BASE:  Todd Helton isn’t the power hitter he used to be but he’s still very effective.  He played in 154 games this season and he was 178 for 557 (.320 avg, .928 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 17 homers and 91 RBIs.  Helton also is a very solid defensive player.  Ryan Howard is a absolute beast with the Phillies.  He played in 144 games this season and he was 142 for 529 (.268 avg, .976 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 47 homers and 136 RBIs.  His only downfall is his whiffs as he set an all time major league record with 199…..but that’s nitpicking!   EDGE:  PHILLIES

SECOND BASE:  The Rockies have been pleased with Kazuo Matsui since they saved him from the Mets.  He gives the Rockies a dimension of speed at the top of the batting order.  He played in 104 games this season and he was 118 for 410 (.288 avg, .747 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 4 homers, 37 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.  The Phillies boast having the best 2B in all of baseball in Chase Utley.  Utley played in 132 games this season and he was 176 of 530 (.332 avg, .976 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 22 homers and 103 RBIs.  EDGE:  PHILLIES

SHORTSTOP:  Troy Tulowitzki had an incredible rookie season as he helped drive the Rockies to the playoffs.  He played in 155 games this season with the Rockies and he was 177 of 609 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 24 homers and 99 RBIs.  He also is a solid defender.  Jimmy Rollins is probably the MVP of the National League because he was dominating this season.  Rollins played in all 162 games with the Phillies and he was 212 of 716 (.296 avg, .865 OPS) with 139 runs scored, 30 homers, 94 RBIs and 41 stolen bases.  EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR PHILLIES

THIRD BASE:  Garrett Atkins is one of the best kept secrets on the Rockies as he keeps putting up big numbers.  Atkins played in 157 games this season and he was 182 of 605 (.301 avg, .853 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 25 homers and 111 RBIs.  The Phillies threw a lot of money to Wes Helms to start at 3B but he pretty much lost the job to Greg Dobbs who made the team as the 25th man on the roster out of Spring Training.  Dobbs brings a solid lefty bat to the lineup for the Phillies.  He played in 142 games for the Phillies this season and he was 88 of 324 (.272 avg, .781 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 10 homers and 55 RBIs.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

LEFT FIELD:  Matt Holliday is Jimmy Rollins likely top competitor for the N.L. MVP Award and he should win it.  Holliday played in 158 games this season for the Rockies and he was 216 for 636 (.340 avg, 1.052 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 36 homers and 137 RBIs.  His batting average and RBIs both led the National League.  Pat Burrell had a horrible first half of the season but he was awesome after the All-Star Break.  Burrell played in 155 games this season for the Phillies and he was 121 of 472 (.256 avg, .902 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 30 homers and 97 RBIs.  EDGE:  ROCKIES

CENTER FIELD:  Ryan Spilboroghs will start in center field for the Rockies in this series due to Willy Taveras’ quad injury.  Spilboroghs is a good hitter but he’s no where near the defender that Taveras is.  He played in 97 games this season and he was 79 for 264 (.299 avg, .848 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 11 homers and 51 RBIs.  Aaron Rowand had a career year in his free agent walk year and the Phillies hope he can keep up the good work for 4 more weeks.  Rowand played in 161 games this season and he was 189 of 612 (.309 avg, .889 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 27 homers and 89 RBIs.  He also is an outstanding defender that loves to get dirty.  EDGE:  PHILLIES

RIGHT FIELD:  Brad Hawpe had a breakout season for the Rockies this year.  He played in 152 games and he was 150 for 516 (.291 avg, .926 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 29 homers and 116 RBIs.  Hawpe is the silent assassin in the Rockies lineup.  Shane Victorino played well in his first real season as a starter.  He played in 131 games this season and he was 128 of 456 (.281 avg, .770 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 46 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.  EDGE: ROCKIES

STARTING PITCHING:  The Rockies are pretty young in the rotation and it will be interesting to see if they are intimidated or not by pitching in the playoffs.  Young lefty Jeff Francis had a true breakout season as he was 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP this year.  He had problems pitching against the Phillies this season but the Rockies will be in good shape if he looks good in Game #1.  21-year old lefty Franklin Morales has outstanding stuff but he has only started 8 games in his major league career.  He was 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP with the Rockies this season.  23 year old righty Ubaldo Jimenez also has outstanding stuff but his results have been so-so.  In 15 starts this season Jimenez was 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Josh Fogg will be the #4 guy in the rotation for the Rockies.  He was 10-9 with a 4.94 ERA this season.  The Phillies will use Cole Hamels as the #1 starter in the rotation and he enjoyed a breakout season.  In 28 starts this year Hamels was 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Look for the Phillies to be tempted to stretch him out a little bit as he is coming off an injury.  Rookie Kyle Kendrick will be pitching in game #2 and he came out of nowhere to help save the Phillies pitching staff that was ransacked by injuries in the middle of the season.  He started 20 games this season for the Phillies and he was 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Kyle Lohse will be pitching in game #3 and he had a so-so season in 2007.  In 34 games (32 starts) with the Phillies & Reds, he was 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Veteran lefty Jamie Moyer will fill out the Phillies starting rotation.  The crafty lefty started 33 games this season for the Phillies and he was 14-12 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  EDGE:  EVEN

BULLPEN:  The Rockies have a pretty deep bullpen that will likely give them an advantage over the Phillies.  Closer Manny Corpas stepped up when Brian Fuentes was injured early in the season and he didn’t give the job back.  He pitched in 78 games this season and he was 4-2 with 19 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Lefty Brian Fuentes is also a very solid pitcher late in games and lefty hitters usually don’t have much of a prayer against him because he releases the ball way behind their backs.  He pitched in 64 games this season and he was 3-5 with 20 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  LaTroy Hawkins turned in a solid effort in a setup role this season as he worked in 62 games and was 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Lefty Jeremy Affeldt was a career underachiever until this season when he was very solid.  He pitched in 75 games this season and he was 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  The Rockies saved Matt Herges from the junk heap and he has earned his way onto the playoff roster with the way he pitched this season.  Herges pitched in 35 games this season for the Rockies and he was 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  The Phillies will likely hope that the starters can get deep into games because the Phillies only really trust three of their relievers.  The Phillies have been really pleased with Brett Myers who took over as the closer when Tom Gordon was injured early in the season.  Myers pitched in 48 games as a reliever and he was 5-5 with 21 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has worked 53.1 innings as a reliever this season and he allowed 46 hits, walked 18 batters and whiffed 64.  Tom Gordon is now the setup man for the Phillies and he had a rough season.  He worked in 44 games this season and he was 3-2 with 6 saves, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Lefty J.C. Romero was outstanding for the Phillies this season after the Red Sox let him go early in the year.  Romero pitched in 51 games with the Phillies this season and he was 1-2 with a 1.24 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  EDGE: ROCKIES

BENCH:  The Rockies bench is kind of weak right now.  Outfielder Corey Sullivan is probably the #1 pinch hitter off the bench for the Rockies.  He played in 72 games and he was 40 for 140 (.286 avg, .722 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs.  Jamey Carroll had an off year as he played in 108 games and was 51 for 227 (.225 avg, .617 OPS) with 45 runs, 2 homers and 22 RBIs.  Reserve catcher Chris Iannetta had a tough season with the bat as he played in 67 games and was 43 for 197 (.218 avg, .680 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 4 homers and 27 RBIs.  The Phillies have quite a few weapons on the bench.  Wes Helms was brought in to start at 3B but he lost the job.  He played in 112 games this season and he was 69 for 280 (.246 avg, .615 OPS).  Jason Werth was the #4 outfielder for the Phillies this season and he had a great year.  He played in 94 games for the Phillies this season and he was 76 for 255 (.298 avg, .864 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 8 homers and 49 RBIs.  Tadahito Iguchi was outstanding after his arrival in a trade with the White Sox after Chase Utley broke his hand.  Iguchi played in 45 games with the Phillies and he was 42 for 138 (.304 avg, .803 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Chris Coste and Rod Barajas will also provide some pinch hitting as reserve catchers.  Coste played in 48 games this season and he was 36 for 129 (.279 avg, .730 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.  Barajas played in 48 games also and he hit .230 (.745 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 4 homers and 10 RBIs.  EDGE:  PHILLIES

PREDICITION:  Although the Rockies are smoking hot coming into the playoffs I would be a fool not to also acknowledge the play of the Phillies down the stretch.  I like the Phillies to win this series in 5 games as the teams are pretty evenly matched.  I do think the Rockies can surprise though especially if Francis pitches good enough that they win Game #1.

Willy Taveras to miss the first round of the playoffs for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Injuries, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 10:19 am

The Rockies will be without starting center fielder Willy Taveras for the series with the Phillies as he continues to recover from a right quadriceps injury.  Taveras will go to the Arizona Instructional League and he will re-join the Rockies in the N.L. Championship Series if they defeat the Phillies.  The Rockies will miss Taveras on defense as he is one of the better defensive centerfielders in the game.  He also hit well this season for the Rockies.  In 97 games this season, Taveras was 119 for 372 (.320 avg, .749 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 2 homers, 24 RBIs and 33 steals.  Despite those impressive numbers, his replacement has hit the ball really well.  Ryan Spilboroghs hit .299 with a .848 OPS in 97 games this season.

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