Series: National League Division Series
Location: Coors Field - Denver Colorado
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dates: Game 1 - Wednesday, Oct. 3rd (3:00 ET) @ Philadelphia
Game 2 - Thursday, Oct. 4th (3:00 ET) @ Philadelphia
Game 3 - Saturday, Oct. 6th (9:30 ET) @ Colorado
If necessary: Game 4 - Sunday, Oct. 7th (10:00) @ Colorado
If necessary: Game 5 - Tuesday, Oct. 9th (6:30 ET) @ Philadelphia
Winner advances to National League Championship Series vs. Chicago Cubs or Arizona Diamondbacks
Welcome! Come one, come all, to the most surprising and utterly shocking Division Series matchup in Major League history! The Philidelphia Phillies, who squeaked into the playoffs with the help of one of the most dramatic comebacks in regular season history to win the NL East, face off against the Colorado Rockies, who can say the same thing about the NL Wild Card.
Projected Starting Lineup
G HR RBI BA OBP SLG
C Yorvit Torrealba 113 8 47 .255 .323 .376
1B Todd Helton 154 17 91 .320 .434 .494
2B Kazuo Matsui 104 4 37 .288 .342 .405
3B Garrett Atkins 157 25 111 .301 .367 .486
SS Troy Tulowitzki 155 24 99 .291 .359 .479
LF Matt Holliday 158 36 137 .340 .405 .607
CF Willy Taveras 97 2 24 .320 .367 .382
RF Brad Hawpe 152 9 116 .291 .387 .539
G HR RBI BA OBP SLG
C Carlos Ruiz 115 6 54 .259 .340 .396
1B Ryan Howard 144 47 136 .268 .392 .584
2B Chase Utley 132 22 103 .332 .410 .566
3B Abraham Nunez 136 0 16 .234 .318 .282
SS Jimmy Rollins 162 30 94 .296 .344 .531
LF Pat Burrell 155 30 97 .256 .400 .502
CF Aaron Rowand 161 27 89 .309 .374 .515
What is it that each of these teams bring to the table in this 2007 MLB postseason? Well, first of all, both are carrying scalding hot streaks that are (almost) solely responsible for the World Series dreams of both teams. Colorado is currently on a miracle run, winning 14 of their last 15 games to win the Wild Card in dramatic and controversial fashion in an epic 13 inning one game playoff over the Padres.
The Rockies, while on an insane winning streak, do not have the numbers to back it up. While their lineup has been hitting at an astonishing .298 clip in the months of September and October, their pitching has been far from brilliant. None of their starters have a sub-4 ERA, and their best pitcher, Jeff Francis, is 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA. The bullpen has been farily stable; closer Brian Fuentes has a 3.08 ERA and no name Manuel Corpas has a 2.08 after 78 appearances. Overall, it's looking like the Rockies hitting is going to have to produce excessively to beat the Phillies in this series.
Now the Phillies. The Phils have a lineup of stars and a rotation of disappointments. Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins (162 games played this year), Chase Utley, and Aaron Rowand have been putting up monster numbers and are only expected to continue into the playoffs. The have both speed in Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Utley and power in Howard, Utley, Rowand, Rollins, and Pat Burrel. As a whole, the Phils probably have as much pure talent in their lineup as any team still standing. Their pitching is where they fall off a little bit, though. Cole Hamels has been brilliant and Kyle Kendrick has been a pleasant surprise, but after that there is about a ERA dropoff of about 2 runs. Kyle Lohse and Jon Lieber are hovering around 4.75, while Jamie Moyer's is over 5.00. Heck, Adam Eaton has bee so bad that he is being left off the NLDS roster.
The clear cut key to both teams is the pitching. Both teams have power lineups, but weak pitching rotations. Look for a strong show from the bats in this electrifying series.
Cardsox' prediction: Rockies in 5 games