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GAME 3:
October 14, 2007
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Rockies lead series: 2-0
Livan Hernandez (1-0) vs. Josh Fogg (1-0)
*Mile High Streak Tracker: 19/20


Starting Lineups/Batting Order

Colorado Rockies:


1 - Willy Taveras, CF
2 - Kazuo Matsui, 2B
3 - Matt Holliday, LF
4 - Todd Helton, 1B
5 - Garrett Atkins, 3B
6 - Brad Hawpe, RF
7 - Troy Tulowitzki
8 - Yorvit Torrealba, C
9 - Josh Fogg, P


Arizona Diamondbacks:

1 - Chris Young, CF
2 - Stephen Drew, SS
3 - Eric Byrnes, LF
4 - Tony Clark, 1B
5 - Mark Reynolds, 3B
6 - Jeff Salazar, RF
7 - Miguel Montero, C
8 - Augie Ojeda, 2B
9 - Livan Hernandez, P


Primary stats:

Arizona Diamondbacks: 1  (8 H)
Colorado Rockies: 4  (9 H)
Colorado leads series 3-0
WP: Josh Fogg (2-0)
LP: Livan Hernandez (1-1)
S: Manny Corpas (5)


Notable Stats:


Yorvit Torrealba, COL: 2-4, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Matt Holliday, COL: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, K
Willy Taveras, COL: 0-5, K
Josh Fogg, COL: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Stephen Drew, ARI: 2-4, BB, K
Mark Reynolds, ARI: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, K
Eric Byrnes, ARI: 0-4, K
Livan Hernandez, ARI:  5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K


Pitches: Hernandez 102, Pena 5, Slaten 23, Nippert 14. Fogg 76, Affeldt 11, Fuentes 13, Corpas 13.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: 
Jim Joyce. LF: Tim McClelland. RF: Mark Wegner.
Att: 50,137



GAME 4:
October 15, 2007
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Rockies lead series: 3-0
Micah Owings (0-0) vs. Franklin Morales (1-0)
*Mile High Streak Tracker: 20/21


Starting Lineups/Batting Order

Colorado Rockies:


1 - Willy Taveras, CF
2 - Kazuo Matsui, 2B
3 - Matt Holliday, LF
4 - Todd Helton, 1B
5 - Garrett Atkins, 3B
6 - Brad Hawpe, RF
7 - Troy Tulowitzki
8 - Yorvit Torrealba, C
9 - Franklin Morales, P


Arizona Diamondbacks:

1 - Chris Young, CF
2 - Stephen Drew, SS
3 - Eric Byrnes, LF
4 - Conor Jackson, 1B
5 - Mark Reynolds, 3B
6 - Chris Snyder, C
7 - Justin Upton, RF
8 - Jeff Cirillo, 2B
9 - Micah Owings, P


Primary stats:

Arizona Diamondbacks: 4  (10 H)
Colorado Rockies: 6  (6 H)
Colorado wins series 4-0
WP: Matt Herges (2-0)
LP: Micah Owings (0-1)
S: Manny Corpas (6)


Notable Stats:

Matt Holliday, COL: 2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, K
Kazuo Matsui, COL: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 K
Garrett Atkins, COL: 0-4, K
Franklin Morales, COL: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Chris Snyder, ARI: 2-4, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBI,
Justin Upton, ARI: 2-3, 2B
Conor Jackson, ARI: 2-4, R, RBI
Micah Owings, ARI:  3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


Pitches: Owens 84, Cruz 39, Lyon 19.Morales 64, Herges 22, Hawkins 
11, Fuentes 24, Corpas 15.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Jim Joyce. 3B: Tim 
McClelland. LF: Mark Wegner. RF: Larry Vanover.
Att: 50,213


Summary:

And the beat goes on.

The famous song by The Whispers should be the calling card to this year's Colorado Rockies, just as "Don't Stop Believing" was for the '05 White Sox and "Tessie" was for the '04 Red Sox.

The song certainly fits the winning ways of the record-setting Colorado Rockies. With Sunday's and Monday's wins, the Rockies have put themselves in the record books by becoming the first team in history to sweep away their opponents in both the Division Series and the Leage Championship Series. The feat has put them en route to a minimum of a 4 game cameo on baseball's greatest stage, the World Series.

An interesting thing to remember about this Rockies before you jump on them with criticism. Not only are they putting up great offensive numbers between Matt Holliday, Yorvit Torrealba, Brad Hawpe, and Garrett Atkins, but even when they aren't, they're as opportunistic as any team around. For example, in this series, which Colorado swept in 4 games, the Rockies were out-hit by the Diamondbacks in every game but one, and were out-hit total 36-30.

The difference? The Rockies played absolutely spotless small-ball and got all the hits when they counted. Collectively, the team hit .017 points higher with runners on than when the bases were empty. Now, this may seem to be insignificant, but it translates into more runs created when baserunners are limited.

Now, on the back of nobody, the Colorado Rockie team carries themselves into the World Series to face the greater of two evils: The Boston Red Sox or the Cleveland Indians. Both teams are behemoths; With finishes of 96-66, the two teams are, record-wise, the best of the best of the Major Leagues. In order to take the Series, the Rockies are going to need a little bit of production, a little bit of luck, a little bit of prayer, and a lot of bit of fan support.

Fan support is one thing they won't have to worry about. The Rockies are quickly building up one of the biggest insta-fanbases in recent memory. Simply look around; Rockies fans are everywhere. Cropping up here and popping out there, baseball purists and novices alike are springing for the Mile High Bandwagon with the might of a Red Sox Nation fan surge in hopes of becoming part of a historical lunge to the finish line. 

Not that that's a bad thing. Heck, as of today, Oct. 16th, I've been a member of Rockie Bandwagon Nation for 14 days ("I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm jumpin' on board the Rockies Express while there's still room on the train." http://fannation.com/blogs/post/63855).

As for the series ahead, the head to head matchups look favorable for the Rockies. While they haven't once played the Indians this year, they are 2-1 against the Sox, outscoring them 20-5 in a 3 game series.

In the big picture, Rockies fans are still holding on to a dream. The odds are still stacked against them. The bets are still going the other way. The only thing keeping them together is one incredible, unstoppable winning streak. Good luck and Godspeed to them.

Unless the play the Red Sox. 



Next Game: Game 1, WS - Rockies vs. Indians/Red Sox
                   Colorado @ Cleveland/Boston
                   Jacobs Field/Fenway Park
                   Wednesday, October 24, 2007
                   Time: TBD    FOX

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